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Farmer Suicides in India

In an effort to understand the trends of farmer suicides, this article uses data from the National Crime Records Bureau to estimate the suicide mortality rate of farmers and non-farmers for India and its states. The methodology used corrects for an error present in previous studies and alters some commonly held views about the level and trend of farmer suicides in India.

Crisis in Agrarian Economy in Punjab

Agricultural production and crop yields in Punjab have nearly stagnated. Land and water, the two most critical resources on which Punjab's rural economy is built, have sharply deteriorated over time. Profit margins of the farmers have come down drastically. The paper argues that there is an urgent need to diversify the state's agrarian economy not only in the narrow sense of diversification within the crop husbandry sector, but also in its wider sense, i e, to promote allied agricultural and non-farm activities and agro-processing in rural area.

Suicide by Farmers in Karnataka

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab have been rocked by the suicides of a large number of farmers, posing a serious challenge to policy-makers. This paper attempts to identify the agro-economic situations faced by the farming community, as well as other factors, as reflected by the case studies of the suicide victims, and to suggest remedial measures to avert such tragedies in future.

Green Revolution: In Light and Shade

Green Revolutions Reconsidered – The Rural World of Contemporary Punjab by Himmat Singh; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001; pp 302, Rs 595.

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