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Farmers in India demand better prices from government to prevent suicides

Staff Writer |
Thousands of farmers, accompanied by widows and orphans of deceased farmers, protested in the Indian capital to demand that the government ensure better prices and the waiver of unpayable loans which drive more than 12,000 farmers in the country to commit suicide annually.

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The protest, convened by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, a group which coordinates more than 180 farmer associations in several Indian states, saw thousands of farmers from across the country protest in New Delhi.

“There is a serious crisis in agriculture in the country and so far we have lost more than 3 lakh farmers (three hundred thousand farmers), who have committed suicide,” Chukki Nanjundaswamy, president of the association of farmers from the southern state of Karnataka, told EFE.

Two main demands were made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi: that prices be 50 percent higher than the production costs and that loans be waivered.

Dozens of widows and children of farmers who have committed suicide sat in front of the protesters and showed photographs of their deceased family members.

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