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Analysis of Farmer Suicides in Kerala
S. Mohanakumar and R. K. Sharma
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 41, No. 16 (Apr. 22-28, 2006), pp. 1553-1558
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4418114
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The agrarian crisis and farmers' distress in Kerala are closely linked to the neoliberal policy regime implemented in the country in the recent past. The association between the two is more in the regions of the state that are heavily dependent on export-oriented crops such as coffee and pepper. The worst affected are the small farmers, as they are more vulnerable to crop losses and price declines. Unless the plight of farmers is addressed in terms of changing the macro-policies regulating taxes, prices and imports, the condition of the farmers cannot be improved on a sustainable basis, either by increasing the availability of institutional credit or providing some alleviatory sops to the victims of suicide families
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