As many as 1,500 farmers in the agricultural state of Chattisgarh in India committed suicide. The shocking number appears to be a result of not being able to pay off local money lenders.
The farmers had been affected by the dropping water levels.
Press Association reports:
(Money-lenders) lure farmers to take money but when the crops fail, they are left with no option other than death,” Organic Farming Association of India spokesman Bharatendu Prakash told The Press Association.
The government in India has recently waived $15 billion in debt but that didn’t factor in for those who had made private arrangements with local lenders. In India, those who are in debt feel they only have one way out: death.
The Daily Times reports:
The agricultural state of Chattisgarh was hit by falling water levels. “The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago,” Shatrughan Sahu, a villager in one of the districts, told Down To Earth magazine. Most of the farmers here are indebted and only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well.”
Over the last 10 years, it’s estimated that 10,000 Indian farmers have ended their own lives.