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Cotton farmers bring the cotton produce to sell at a local market (Maharashtra State Co-operation Cotton Growers Marketing Federation) in Vidharbha region in Maharashtra. ..In a country where agriculture is the mainstay (it employs nearly 60% of the population), this recently released gov't statistic is rather alarming - 46 Indian farmers kill themselves every day. Maharashtra tops the list with maximum number of farmer suicides. Vidharba in north Maharashtra -- 'suicide country' as it has come to be known tops the farmer suicides due to farmer distress: the loan sharks, crippling debt, failing crops year after year. Photographer: Sanjit Das
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COTTON FARMERS
Cotton farmers bring the cotton produce to sell at a local market (Maharashtra State Co-operation Cotton Growers Marketing Federation) in Vidharbha region in Maharashtra. ..In a country where agriculture is the mainstay (it employs nearly 60% of the population), this recently released gov't statistic is rather alarming - 46 Indian farmers kill themselves every day. Maharashtra tops the list with maximum number of farmer suicides. Vidharba in north Maharashtra -- 'suicide country' as it has come to be known tops the farmer suicides due to  farmer distress: the loan sharks, crippling debt, failing crops year after year. Photographer: Sanjit Das