外文标题：Unseasonal rain: 601 farmer suicides in Maharashra in just 3 months
MUMBAI: As many as 601 farmers have killed themselves in Maharashtra in the three-month span between January and March this year. This works out to a chilling statistic of almost seven farmer suicides every day, according to the state government's own figures.
In 2014, the state had reported 1,981 farmer suicides. In just three months this year, it has reached 30% of that figure. This despite the state government's claims that halting farmer suicides is its top priority.
The suicide rate had already started climbing with the onset of the drought last year. The unseasonal rain which impacted a wide expanse of crops and continues to pound the state has made things worse.
The cotton belt of Vidarbha - from where chief minister Devendra Fadnavis hails - continues to report the highest number of cases, the data shows. More than half the suicides between January and March - 319 in all — were from Vidarbha. The arid zone of Marathwada reported the second-highest number, with 215 cases. These regions were worst hit by the drought and have also been impacted by unseasonal rain.
Thyagaraajan Radhakrishnan (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
The govt. should be proud to repeat the word of Gandhi that India is a agricultural country.
tapankumar Mohanta (Unknown)
It seems, Maharashtra is the only state of India where farmers are dying. What about Bihar, Orissa and other state?
Farmer csn wait. PM has to complete world tour before 2019.
its a big shame on the government of Maharashtra, they dont have importance of farmers
Very sad and bitter gift from nature
Farmers suicide - shame to every Indian. If we can not save the poor farmer's life what else we are worth for?
Anil Dharurkar (New Delhi)
Indian farmer r lazy, black mailers they just want subsidies , we have more people than farmers who has no land , no job , no subsidies but these people never suicide they fight for their life. Indian farmers r shame for India.
Swamidhason Francis (Libya)
The govt protects cows leaving farmers to fate.
Anamika Singh (India)
And that would keep on rising unless some solid measures are taken