Farmers in the killing fields of Vidarbha live on credits and die in installments. As many as 1,338 farmer have ended their lives till date. On Friday, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the region and announced a new package, Vidharba was still grappling with the dark reality of farmer suicide.
On an average, one farmer commits suicide in Vidharba every eight hours. It is possible that by the time the PM’s 24-hour-long visit to Maharashtra ends, another three would have fallen victim to the suicide trap.