13-01-2014 12:46 PM | India

Farmers’ suicides drop by 50%: Pawar

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said here on Sunday that farmers’ suicides in the country had dropped by 50 per cent according to recent statistics.

“The efforts that we have been taking since 2005-06 have been bearing fruits,” he said while addressing the media after announcing ‘Krishi Vasant,’ the largest agricultural exhibition to be held in Nagpur in February.

“The agricultural universities in the area have been entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of the families of the deceased farmers. The villages, where suicides have taken place, have been turned into model villages to ensure that farmers do not take such drastic steps again,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said during the press meet.
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