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Farmers must be given a better deal: Kerala governor

Posted by Ramoo on January 26, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

Continuing farmer suicides are unacceptable in a modern society and it is up to not just the government but also the people to ensure that they are given a better deal, Kerala Governor R.L. Bhatia said Friday in his Republic Day address.

Presiding over the Republic Day celebrations at the Central Stadium here, Bhatia unfurled the national flag and took salute at the march past. He also distributed awards for meritorious services in a function attended by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, ministers and top officials.

Declaring that farmer suicides were a shame, he said Kerala must make advances in the financial sector.

Reports indicate that after Achuthanandan took over last May, about 60 farmers, mostly in Wayanad and Palakkad, have taken their lives following huge debts due to falling prices of agricultural produce, especially cash crops like pepper and areca nut.

‘This is not only the responsibility of the government but of the entire society,’ said Bhatia.

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