Amid a huge crisis that transcends the drought, some farmers of the region have died due to shock, while many others have committed suicide.
While suicides and shock deaths have seen a sudden spike in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta region, the government does not believe the drought is the cause and is continuing to direct water away from rural areas.
Farmers are once again wondering which crop will fetch them guaranteed good returns.
Farmers in Vidarbha are being forced to incur terrible losses – by accepting lower prices, losing their perishable produce, or due to a fear of depositing cash payments in old notes in banks where they owe loan repayments.
Farmers’ children have taken their own lives in the past, but newspaper reports indicate that the incidence has spiked in the past two years.