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Causes and Cure of Farmer’s Suicide

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Lakhwinder Kaur, Preeti Sharma, and Lavleesh Garg

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2016, Volume : 12, Issue : 1a
First page : ( 305) Last page : ( 310)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2016.00081.0

Causes and Cure of Farmer’s Suicide

Kaur Lakhwinder1,*, Sharma Preeti1, Garg Lavleesh2
1Department of Home Science Extension & Communication Management, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004

2Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004

*Corresponding Author’s Email: lakhhwinder.pau@gmail.com

JEL Codes D81, K14, O13, Q12, Q18, Q19

Online published on 26 April, 2016.

Abstract
Farmer suicide is a very complex phenomenon largely associated with economic, social and psychological distress of the victim as well as family. In recent years, many farmers in Punjab have committed suicides due to rapid increase in debt, repeated crop failures, natural calamities, lack of alternative sources of income, exploitation by arhtiyas, increase in cost of production, sinking water-table and overall rapidly declining profitability etc. Therefore, to bring down the suicides among farming community, some preventive measures should be taken viz. crop insurance, extension services, agriculture credit, contract farming etc. These services need to be strengthened.

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