“Need Social Protection Committee (SPC) to prevent Farmer suicides”- Prof. M S Swaminathan
There are reports that there is a 40% increase in farmers’ suicides in Maharashtra (particularly in Vidarbha) during the last 7 months. Farming is a life giving occupation. Hence there is something radically wrong. If farmers who keep us alive, take their own lives. This problem cannot be solved only by government. A Social Protection Committee (SPC) should be formed in every Panchayat which can help to take proactive action in preventing suicides. Those suffering from extreme depression as a result of crop failure and inability to repay loans should be identified by the SPC and preventive steps should be taken to avoid the extreme event.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.