Five farmers have committed suicide in five days since December 1, 2015, in Nashik district, out of which four were in Malegaon tehsil and one in Igatpuri.Sunil Desale (35), a resident of Sherul village, ended his life by hanging himself from a tree. An ST driver, who was passing by, saw the body at 6:45 am on Friday in a farm in the Hiswal area of the village and alerted the villagers. The villagers identified Desale.Desale’s wife had committed suicide only two months earlier. They leave behind two sons – aged 6 and 4 years. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Desales own 5 acres of land and had taken a loan of Rs 6 lakh for a poultry farm. But the poultry shed was destroyed in a storm two years ago. They still have to repay the co-operative bank loan. Unable to bear the loss, Desale must have ended his life, villagers said.Another farmer, Krushna Shinde (40), ended his life on December 3. Shinde had retired from the Indian Army after 13 years. He had also taken a loan to start a dairy business in his native village at Waghere in Igatpuri tehsil. Two months ago, he took another loan from a private bank. Unable to bear with the agricultural losses and take care of the rising expenses of his children, ailing parents and the marriage of his brother and sister Krushna consumed pesticide in his farm on Thursday afternoon. Though family members rushed him to a hospital, he didn’t survive.The other three to end their lives were Ganesh Bachchav (33), Pravin Magar (48) and Mahesh Sonawane (36) – all from Malegaon. They committed suicide on December 1. Bachchav, who had little more than one acre of dry land and had a loan of Rs 1 lakh, hanged himself from a tree. Crop losses, an ailing father and daughter and brother are believed to be the reasons behind his suicide. Magar, who owned 2 acres of land and had a loan of Rs 3 lakh, ended his life by consuming pesticide.Sonawane, a resident of Padalde village, also consumed pesticide of December 1. He was farming onions and cotton on his 5-acre land, but ended up with a debt of Rs 75,000 after the drought situation.Malegaon has faced drought for three consecutive years. Unseasonal rains and hailstorm only added to farmers’s woes and 19 of them have ended their lives since the last 11 months.“This is a very sad situation. We have been counseling farmers and trying to create awareness that ending life is no solution… We have even requested banks to be considerate and give farmers extended time to repay loans. The situation is tough and we have to see that farmers do not take the extreme step”, said district collector Ramdas Khedkar.

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Farmer suicides resurface; 5 end lives in 5 days in Malegaon