Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Indian farmers take their lives after freak hailstorms  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 19/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) grape farmers were the worst hit by the storms, but crops of other fruits such as mango, papaya, lime and watermelon were also badly hit, according to local reports

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western india after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars, activists and politicians said wednesday.

The unusual weather struck parts of western maharashtra state from late february and went on to badly damage crops.

A source from the maharashtra chief minister’s office told afp that seven suicides had been confirmed, with more killed by the storm itself, but the opposition and activists said the real figure was much higher.

“there have been 32 (farmer) suicides so far across maharashtra after the hailstorms started... we are getting hourly updates from our people,” said kishor tiwari, president of farmers’ advocacy group vidarbha jan andolan samiti.

He said the figure was expected to rise after more post-mortems were carried out.

India’s main opposition group, the bharatiya janata party (bjp), said on tuesday that the number of farmer suicides had gone up to 37, demanding that the natural disaster be declared a “national calamity”, the press trust of india (pti) news agency reported.

“since the hailstorm began on february 28, the entire rabi (winter-sown) crop on 1.6 million hectares of land in 17 districts has been destroyed,” said senior bjp leader gopinath munde.

Grape farmers were the worst hit by the storms, but crops of other fruits such as mango, papaya, lime and watermelon were also badly hit, according to local reports.

Among those to commit suicide was debt-ridden bapu ramchandra pawar, 62, who poisoned himself after his pomegranate farm was destroyed, police told pti.

Ahead of a closely-fought general election, the bjp’s prime ministerial candidate narendra modi is due to visit the troubled area on thursday.

He is expected to hold a public rally in vidarbha, a region notorious for its high level of farmer suicides.

A delegation of ministers from maharashtra met india’s prime minister manmohan singh on friday and demanded 50 billion rupees (800 million dollars) in relief towards damage caused by the freak weather.

for more news from khaleej times, follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes, and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes --


Khaleej Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar- QSE falls 34 points, bullish phase continuesGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar Stock Exchange failed to surpass the 11,800 mark as its key index lost 34 points, after being in a bullish phase for the last three consecutive sessions.Consumer goods, ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Saudi said to order spend curbs amid oil price slumpGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi Arabia is ordering a series of cost-cutting measures as the slide in oil prices weighs on the kingdom's budget, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.The ...

 Oct 9 2015 - KSA- SABB Q3 profit rises 7.7% to $304mnGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi British Bank (SABB), the kingdom's fifth-largest bank by assets, posted a 7.7% rise in third-quarter net profit yesterday, in line with analyst forecasts. The bank, an ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar wealth fund said interested in Glencore agriculture unit saleGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The sovereign wealth fund of Qatar has joined investors expressing an interest in buying a minority stake in Glencore's agriculture business, according to three people familiar ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Almost 300 Europe-bound migrants arrested in LibyaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Libyan authorities said almost 300 migrants, a third of them from Senegal, were arrested Thursday as they prepared to board boats for the Mediterranean crossing to Europe."After ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Netanyahu moves to lower tensions over holy siteGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned Israeli cabinet ministers and legislators from visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site where rising tensions have spilled over into ...

 Oct 9 2015 - France carries out fresh strikes against IS in SyriaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) France said on Friday it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in Syria and accused Russia of failing to target the group."Two Rafale jets ...

 Oct 9 2015 - UN envoy proposes Libya unity governmentGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) UN envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government on Friday aimed at ending years of conflict, but the plan was quickly dismissed by members of the country's two rival ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Tunisian dialogue mediators win Nobel Peace PrizeGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for building democracy in the country after the 2011 revolution which unleashed the Arab Spring.The award ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Four Arabs stabbed in southern Israel, Jewish suspect heldGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Four Arabs were stabbed in a town in southern Israel on Friday and a Jewish suspect was arrested, police said. The attacks follow a surge in knife violence by Palestinians ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help