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DEBT related to crop failures has driven more than 1500 farmers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh to commit suicide.
The Press Association reports that the farmers committed suicide because they had no way to pay crippling debts.
“(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.
Many people depend on seasonal crops in the agricultural state, but this year has seen Chattisgarh hit by falling water levels and droughts.
“Only God can save the ones who do not have a bore well," one resident said.
The Indian Government recently waivered $15 billion worth of farmer loans, but it had no effect on those who were forced into private arrangements with local money-lenders.
More than 10,000 of India’s farmers have killed themselves in the past decade.
When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using GM crops, he was branded a scaremonger. In fact, as this chilling dispatch reveals, it's even WORSE than he feared.
Originally posted by Donnie Darko
Let's hope this doesn't happen again. Poor farmers, nobody should EVER feel they have to kill themselves because they owe money.