Strategies for Reducing Farmers' Suicide using ICT
India is an agrarian country with around 60% of its people depending directly or indirectly upon
agriculture. Farmer suicides account for 11.2% of all suicides in India. Activists and scholars have
offered a number of conflicting reasons for farmer suicides, such as monsoon failure, high debt
burdens, government policies, public mental health, personal issues and family problems. Role of
ICT using appropriate technology can reduce farmers suicide attempts as well as can increase the
GDP of the nation and increase crop productions drastically. Also there is need to improve the
strategies at FCI level to increase the life of crops produced and improving the logistics
infrastructure and communication system to improve the situation during drought and flood
In 2014, the National Crime Records Bureau of India reported 5,650 farmer suicides. The highest
number of farmer suicides were recorded in 2004 when 18,241 farmers committed suicide. The
farmers suicide rate in India has ranged between 1.4 and 1.8 per 100,000 total population, over a
10-year period from 2005.
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