Frustrated by weak monsoon, farmer commits suicide in Maharashtra

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Latur: A weak monsoon has impacted the lives of farmers across India. In one tragic incident, a 45-year-old farmer from Latur district of Maharashtra allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his farm apparently due to indebtedness and week monsoon.

The deceased has been identified as Shivaji Pawar. He had borrowed Rs 2 lakh loans from cooperative bank and was in stress because of low yield from his farm since the last few years due to which he was unable to repay the loan.

According to the police official, he became depressed as rains continued to remain absent in the region even in July. On July 22, Pawar went to the farm and consumed poison. He was spotted by some of his family members lying unconscious, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital, but doctor declared him dead upon arrival. No suicide note has been found, and the case of accidental death has been registered.

India’s about 55 per cent arable land is rain-fed, and rain scarcity affects the farm output, and the livelihood of the people rely on them.

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