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Book ID : 41679
ISBN-10 : 81-8387-585-8 / 8183875858
ISBN-13 : 978-81-8387-585-1 / 9788183875851
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xxxvi, 260p., Illus., 23 cm.
Agrarian Distress and Farmers Suicides in India is all about how the Indian agriculture has been encircled by the vicious circle of globalisation lead crisis and what the affects are and the way out to it. It manifested the gross root issues of Indian agriculture from the days of British rule to present globalisation lead impacts. The agriculture in India has many dimensions. The total production increased from 50 million tonnes in 1950-51 to 250 million tonnes by 2011-12. The modernisation in many fronts has resulted in significant achievements in growth and yield of major crops. The vivacity of Indian agriculture has been proved at international arena with its vivid nature of crop pattern. The diversified culture in Indian agriculture has encompassed range of products from traditional cereals to modern medicinal plants and horticulture crops. The other side of the agrarian situation is quite gloomy and perturbing. The institutional support to the agriculture in general and to the small and marginal farmers in particular is sharply sliding over the years of post globalisation. Irrigation has become mostly of individual farmers private affair due to gradual decline in state funding. The input and output market is in the hands of Multi National Corporations. High input prices and the frequent volatility in output prices is playing havoc with the very existence of the farming community at large. The situation has taken an unprecedented turn from 1995 with a spate of farmers’ suicides in the country side. During 1995-2012 nearly three (03) lakh farmers died by committing suicide due to mounting debt and lack of hope on a way out from the crisis. The book has pondered into many issues of Indian agriculture and as well as of Andhra Pradesh, which is in second position in terms of number of farmers’ suicides. The detailed account of sequential prop up of crisis, inherent and exponential causes and resultant impacts and the policy alternatives to stop the suicide phenomena among the farmers and uphold the age old pride and prestige of Indian agriculture has been discussed at length.