Crop failure behind India farmer suicides

Farmers say the compensation offered by the government does not cover losses caused by bad weather.

    Nearly a hundred farmers in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have committed suicide after bad weather destroyed their crops.

    Eight districts in the state have been hit by unseasonal rain storms and hail. Crop failure due to the weather has left many farmers unable to pay their debts.

    The Indian government does compensate farmers with payments of up to $800, but some farmers say it is not enough to cover their losses.

    Al Jazeera's Faiz Jamil reports from Nashik district in Maharashtra.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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