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A Study on the Causes and Consequences of Farmers’ Suicides in India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Social Work, Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, Telangana State – 508001, India

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 4, Issue (11), Pages 5-8, November,8 (2016)


This paper study on the causes and consequences of farmer’s suicide, where in the recent past massive suicides were going on in India mostly in Maharashtra and Telangana State. Since Independence in India the contribution of agriculture share to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been declining, which itself shows that the government and administration had collectively deliberately neglected the agriculture sector. Every Indian feels proud to say that we live in a very large agricultural society where more than 65% of the families depend on this sector. But it is extremely brutal and negligence of government because there was no structured administration and very less in number of human resource in agriculture & its allied sectors to assist, sustain and encourage farmers to overcome the difficulties they face in farming. Services like soil test, proper guidance, crop information, productive seeds, new agriculture techniques, and awareness on mixed crop cultivation were not provided minimally to the farmers. The study analyzed and understood that most of the suicide farmers in India are the farmers who practiced only one crop cultivation and are not aware of mixed crop farming. Also, due to less concentration on courses of agriculture and its allied sectors which is resulting insufficient human resource personal and poor utilization of mechanizations in agriculture sector. Giving more priority to agricultural courses like diploma in agriculture, farm mechanization and others will help the farmers in future in resolving these issues.


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