Deaths of farmers from pesticide genocide by state, says farmer welfare task force chief

Kishor Tiwari, the chief of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swawlamban Mission, a Maharashtra government task force set up for the welfare of farmers, has termed the deaths of farmers from pesticide inhalation in Vidarbha as genocide committed by the state and sought criminal action against the manufacturers as well as corrupt government officials hand in glove with them.

Addressing a press conference here Monday, Tiwari claimed more than 40 farmers had died and at least 2,000 more hospitalised from pesticide inhalation in Vidarbha and Marathwada.