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Karnataka: 806 farmers committed suicide in past 3 years

As many as 806 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka in the past three years, the state government said on Monday.



Bangalore: As many as 806 farmers have committed suicide in Karnataka in the past three years, the state government said on Monday.

The Assembly was informed about the number of farmer suicides when Agriculture Minister Umesh Katti gave a written reply to an unstarred question from Bandeppa Kashempur of the JD(S) today.

Katti said the family members of the deceased farmers are given Rs one lakh as compensation as per the decision of the review committee on farmer suicides, adding, there was no proposal before the Government to raise the amount.
As per the figures from 2008-09 to February 15 this year given by the minister, Hassan district accounted for the highest number of farmer suicides at 101 during this period, followed by Bidar at 88.

According to the official figures, farmer suicides in Karnataka appear to be on the decline with 337 suicides recorded in 2008-09, 290 in 2009-10 and 179 in 2010-11 till February 15 this year.

PTI

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