Lets Help Drought affected Farmers in Maharashtra
The goal and the stretch goal have been exceeded many times, but let us continue to rally and support and make sure we can reach out to many more farmers and their families in need. God Bless you all.
Let's help the farmers in the Drought Affected Marathwada Campaign In the region of Marathwada of the Maharashtra State India is amongst the worst hit by drought every year causing local farmers to give up on their lives. While the government may take its own initiatives to abate the plight of these farmers and their families, we as individuals can also make a little difference. I am committed to stand by these families who have no means of livelihood and are being driven to death. To that end, I have pledged my support to “Social Empowerment & Voluntary Association” who are doing exceptional work in this area.
Background and Facts Around 900 farmer suicides in drought-hit Marathwada this year Around 900 farmer suicides were reported in the eight districts of Marathwada region between January and October this year. During the same period last year, 700 farmer suicides were reported, according to officials at the Aurangabad divisional commissioner. Compare this with 2013 and 2014, when a total of 600 suicides were reported in Marathwada. And between 2006 and 2012, less than 400 farmer suicides were reported on a yearly basis. The year 2015 recorded the highest number of farmer suicides — 1,133 from January to December — in 10 years. This year farmer suicide toll has already crossed the 950 mark in Marathwada that makes a collective toll over 1300 in15 months. Poor land holding capacity, lack of irrigation facilities and inability to repay loans taken for agricultural and personal use are some reasons for the pitiful state of many farmers. The National Crime Records Bureau, shows that over 3,000 farmers have committed suicide every year since 2011, yet in this period, the Revenue Department had received only 5,698 applications for compensation and only 3,460 were approved
Farmer suicides are not just due to crop failure or mounting debts, “There are several factors behind their suicide. It could be family pressure or illness,”
About Social Empowerment & Voluntary Association SEVA is a NGO started by Adv. Ashok Pawar, organization works for betterment of farmers in the drought-prone areas of Marathwada. Mr. Ashok Pawar and his group, they started with helping the families of farmers who are drought affected since 2015. This help was initially at a personal level. The help package included a rice and wheat 5/kg and 10/kg, Daal (Pulses, Lentils) 3Kg, Salt, Sugar, cooking oil, Biscuits, Family Kit it’s include cloths for 4 family members, shoes/ Chappals, Carpet and Blankets. However, in order to increase the scope of this contribution to a wider section of the beneficiaries