Over 15,000 farmers commit suicide in central India in 13 yearsStaff Writer | July 20, 2017
More than 15,000 farmers have ended their lives in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in the past 13 years, the state government said.
Asia Unseasonal rainfall, hailstorms and even drought
India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been governing the state since December 2003.
At least six farmers were killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh last month when their protests demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce turned violent.
Unseasonal rainfall, hailstorms and even drought often destroy crops, putting strain on impoverished farmers and driving many of them to kill themselves.
In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "for several years, farmers' suicide has been a cause of worry for the nation."
"The problem is old, deep-rooted and widespread and we have to seek solutions in that context.
"There should be a collective resolve in this regard. We have an open mind to consider any suggestion that is made," Modi said. ■