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Church to fight for Indian farmers
Vows to ensure they receive aid after severe crop failuresGovernment officials visit farms to assess crop loss
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- January 26, 2011
â€śWe will use our social network and available resources to ensure real victims benefit from the governmentâ€™s relief package,â€ť Father Mathew Vattakuzhy, who directs the Churchâ€™s social work in Madhya Pradesh, told ucanews.com yesterday.
In January alone, 14 farmers committed suicide after their crops were ravaged by frost.
Ten others attempted suicide as cold weather damaged 17.6 tons of produce on nearly 3.3 million hectares of land spread over 36 districts.
Some 2,698,452 farmers have been affected.
Although the government has pledged 5 billion rupees (US$111.11 million) for immediate relief, the money has yet to reach the real victims.
This has led to several angry protests by farmers in the state.
Father Vattakuzhy says the Church cannot remain idle as corruption stops â€śthe real victims getting the package.â€ť
Delays in relief distribution will be disastrous for farmers, he warned.
â€śThey are our bread producers and their loss should be our loss also,â€ť he added.
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