Madurai Farmer Commits Suicide As 2 Borewells Fail To Save Crop

Madurai Farmer Commits Suicide As 2 Borewells Fail To Save Crop
Balraj's family says the dejected farmer consumed insecticide on Friday and died the next day in hospital.

A 54-year-old farmer in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district has committed suicide after two borewells he desperately dug a few days ago did not strike water to save his crop. The farmer, Balraj, had borrowed nearly Rs 1 lakh from a money lender to dig the borewells.

Balraj’s family says the dejected farmer consumed insecticide on Friday and died the next day in hospital.

The farmer owned a six-acre farm in which he had cultivated vegetables after the dal he had sowed earlier failed due to inadequate water in this southern district.

“He was desperate to save the crop. Even after drilling 400 feet there was no water in the two borewells he dug. He was shattered and worried about repaying the two loans he took for borewell,” Sasi Kumar, a relative, said.

Investigators say the farmer had a total loan of around Rs 11 lakh and much was spent on buying farm equipment. They say he had borrowed Rs 4 lakh to send his daughter Rampriya to an engineering college.

The final year student said, “We depend on agriculture. We did not receive rain over the last three years. There was no water. Even now I have to pay Rs 25000 to my college.”

The average ground water level in Madurai district is between 100 and 600 feet deep. An ambitious “58 Canal Project” that would connect 58 canals and improve irrigation to this parched area is behind schedule for over a decade.

“We are doing our best to distribute available water,” said District Collector Veera Raghava Rao.

Just last week a farmer had killed himself in the Thanjavur district after a bank seized his tractor for defaulting loan repayment.


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  3. Water Issues are everywhere and it will get worse day by day. Once we come out of the mindset of politics, reservations etc which the media does for our eye washing we will see the real issues. In cities water is supplied properly and the wastage happening is too large. The water is diverted to city as it gives revenue. But the politicians are forgetting that we cannot eat the revenue. If we import everything from outside the things will get so costly that a common man wont be able to afford it. Save water , Save life.

  4. Those who are filthy rich either by steeling the PEOPLE’S MONEY or avoid taxes or sell country’s resources to foreigners and locals should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Another hate working farmer had to commit suicides. How the people can enjoy lavish parties in such conditions?

  5. This is the plight of Indian farmers. Politicians won’t do anything. This will continue to happen.

  6. very unfortunate incident, no bloody politician wont go here and help, poor guy, he would have undergone tremendous pressure from all sides

  7. China takes over Tibet diverts water from the himalayas to 2,000 plus miles away in north and south china, China landmass is more than 3 times than India, China dams are built and ready in just few years.India it will take a decade to just get clearance than another decade for the budget to be passed,than maybe another decade to finalise and make provisions for the increased costs. Meanwhile the poor farmers continue committing suicide. governments unable to provide water should be prosecuted, India many areas have good rainfall – but mostly wasted, make a canal system
    connecting all of India

  8. My condolence to the family.
    Please pass on the details of the family so that I can help that girl in paying her tuition fees.

  9. Condolences to the family members. Mr. Modi needs to realize there is something called prioritizing things. Why is it that the farmers are not a priority & the bullet train between Ahmedabad & Mumbai a priority at the cost of One Lakh Crores.
    God Save India!!!
    God Bless India!!!

  10. madurai, sivaganga belt is dry arid belt, you to sow seed which takes less water, where is abondended water which tamilnadu received in last monsoon gone, what happened to mullai periyar dam water which flows into natham area, can we not get these water into madurai agricultural belt

  11. It is high time that the Engineers studying in Engineering and agricultural universities, especially the IITs and NITs should be involved along with their professors in their respective disciplines should visit the sites and use video conferencing, satellite data etc and whatever they can lay their hands on for information to study and find a suitable solution for this water problem. We are very fond of boasting-IIT, IIM graduate offered 3 Crores salary by a MNC, is it for this that these fellows are studying. Our curriculum and education is not meant for getting jobs only, but to help the community. Human life is more valuable and we should see to it that nobody commits suicide for this reason. Let the NGOs visit or announce in the media, news papers that help is at hand and they can approach so and so.

    • Mr. Khan,
      I completely agree with your point of view and absolutely support it. The curriculum of IIT, IIM, etc, should include subjects focussing on the plight of farmers of India, their struggles to save their lives, crops, land, family and farm equipment from being controlled by scoundrels. Also, when will these unfortunate cases ring a bell at the Government?
      Respected Politicians and Law-makers, please think about improving the lives of the farmers of India, rather than constantly passing useless bills pertaining to increasing your own salaries by many fold.

  12. So sad to hear the news, what a pathetic system we have, people are fleeing with thousand of crores and our farmer taking their life for lack of water and some lakhs of money. Eventually, the rules of the land are only for poor and middle class. The point that the politicians should understand that the poor and middle class are the best tax payer irrespective of the situation

  13. Condolences to the family. Insufficient ground water is very much a reality in TN. The tragedy is only getting worse by the day. Voters must please ask their candidates and leaders what they plan to do on this matter.

  14. So sad that there is no leader to help these people. These people are the backbone of the country but due to politics (other states refuse to give water to TN) and lethargic attitude(TN authorities don’t bother about common man). Tragic when one can escape jail for taking 8000 crore loan but another’s tractor was seized because he dint pay 5000 rs EMI. Pathetic state of affairs. Mr. Politicians, their blood is on your hands.

    • what can politicians do when govt servants wont co-operate. Govt servants until retirement have negative attitude and spoil the image of certain good politicians too.

    • i hope one day , shameless politicians and bureaucrats go through same phase.V people are also to be blamed, as we are most interested in freebies ad short term glamour.

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