Sugarcane used to be something of an ‘insurance’ crop in the region, bound to bring returns. But not anymore.
Demonetisation destroyed rural incomes and the cattle slaughter ban choked off the farmer’s main source of emergency funding.
Some years ago, Western UP was better off than other parts of the country, but farmer suicides and stories of struggling families have been on the rise since.
Anantapur is facing one of its worst droughts this year – and the depletion of groundwater and skyrocketing debts have only made it worse for the farmers in the district.
Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Naidu’s statements come at a time when a spate of farmers suicides have rocked Indian polity and a number of agitations led by farmers are underway across various parts of the country.
Despite farmers citing demonetisation as one of the chief causes for their distress and protests, the government is still projecting it as an excellent move.
In the 64th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about what led farmers across multiple states to militant protests.
In 45ºC heat, farmers are walking from market to market to sell their cattle but others are reluctant to buy, knowing it will be difficult to get rid of them later.