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Print edition : September 04, 2015

Ratnakala Walke, mother of Nilesh, who committed suicide at Gunji village in Maharashtra's Amravati district on April 30. Photo: VIVEK BENDRE

Carts laden with cotton at an auction at a local market in Yavatmal, Maharashtra. The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, a farmers' advocacy group, estimates that the actual number of farmer suicides in the State is much higher thatn the Revenue Department's figure. Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Family members of Bima Naik, a farmer who committed suicide, grieve at a hospital in Nalgonda district of Telangana. Photo: Singam Venkataramana

Sugarcane fields in Malakpur, Uttar Pradesh. The State accounts for about 30 per cent of India's sugar output. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Widows of farmers who committed suicide in Maharashtra stand with placards on August 10 in New Delhi. In the foreground are earthen pots containing soil brought by hundreds of farmers and their families from various parts of India placed in the shape of India's map. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

Family members of farmers from Punjab who had commited suicides staging a protest at Jantar Mantar, against ant-farmer policies of Central and Punjab government, in New Delhi. Photo: V. Sudershan

A farmer ploughs in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of Pune, India, August 5, 2015. India is likely to bring in rules to make it compulsory for sugar mills to export millions of tonnes of surplus supplies to support local prices, sources said, in a move that could quell growing anger among farmers but add to a glut on global markets. To match Exclusive INDIA-SUGAR/REUTERS/Stringer NO ARCHIVE Photo: REUTERS

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