HYDERABAD: Nearly 14,000 farmers have committed suicide since 1997 in the state and in Telangana region alone, the number is about 10,000. While in Medak district nearly 1,400 farmers have committed suicide. Even with such alarming statistics, the state government has utterly failed to stop farmer suicides, said Pakala Srihari Rao, board member of Horticulture Development Agency (AP Horticulture Mission).
At a press meet here on Monday, he demanded that the government pass a resolution in the Assembly for betterment of farmers. “Though the government has been introducing many schemes for welfare of farmers, the schemes have done nothing for them,” he charged.
He said, progressive farmers and leaders of farming community (who are taking-up agricultural issues for many years at various levels) belonging to all political parties in Medak district have submitted a demand memorandum to AP legislative assembly speaker, Nadendla Manohar and all floor leaders at the assembly to pass a unanimous resolution to save farmers’ lives. He also requested the Speaker to convince the central ministers and make this possible.