As many as 6,351 farmers/cultivators committed suicide in 2016 across India, or 17 every day, according to the latest home ministry data. Suicides declined 21% from 8,007, or 22 every day, in 2015, data show
Suicides in the farming sector declined 10%–from 12,602 in 2015 to 11,370 in 2016–according to this reply to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) by Parshottam Rupala, minister of state for agriculture and farmer welfare, on March 20, 2018.
Suicides in the agriculture sector declined 32% in 2016 from 2007, the lowest over the last decade. The most–17,368–suicides over the last 10 years were reported in 2009 .
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