23 February 1998
Indian cotton farmers commit suicide

MORE than 100 cotton farmers in southern India have killed themselves in the past month. The suicides come in the wake of crop failures because of devastation by caterpillars, leading to poverty and indebtedness.

The Government has not given farmers any help and cynicism has greeted promises of aid in the future.

  • The Times 23/02/98 page 11, (Leader, page 21)