This equals to one farmer committing suicide every 30 minutes, enough to be the largest wave of suicides in history! Interestingly enough, 2/3 of the suicides happened in only 5 out of India’s 28 states.
What is worse is that this data is official and thought to be widely underestimated. The most common reason for the suicides seems to be debt. Farming has become very difficult for the poor “old school” farming done by peasants and being replaced by giant seed companies, which has made it difficult for these families to get ahead. The growing industrialism of farming is making it nearly impossible for the traditional farmer to survive and make a living.