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Pune 8 February 2016 : Feeling “aghast with the growing instances of farmer suicides” in Maharashtra, noted film actor and founder of  NGO NAM, Nana Patekar on Saturday asserted that his NGO will always “strive to create a situation” where there are no suicides.

“I am aghast at the suicides of farmers. I am surprised how they committing suicide, leaving their family members behind without any support. The NAM Foundation will always strive to create a situation where no farmer is forced to commit suicide,”Patekar said.

He was speaking at the award distribution function of Sheti Sanman Puraskar, jointly held by Finolex Pipes and ABP Majha to felicitate the achievers in agro industry, which is passing through a rough phase.

In his address, Patekar said, “A farmer is supposed to be king (bali raja). If that is so, then he should be allowed to lead his life king-size.”

Along with Patekar, actor and co-founder of NAM Foundation Shri. Makrand Anaspure, Waterman of India Shri. Rajendra Singh and Shri. Arvind Jagtap of NAM were present as chief guests at the function which took place at Rao Saheb Thorat Auditorium in Nashik. President (Sales and Marketing) Finolex Industry Pvt. Ltd, Shri. Nitin Kulkarni and Editor, ABP Majha Shri. Rajeev Khandekar were also present on the occasion.

 Nine farmers were awarded at the function who contributed towards the agriculture sector without giving up, despite facing all odds.

Mr. Ramnath Shinde was felicitated for winning the Finolex Pipes quiz competition, held during the Saat Barachya Batamya – agriculture sector oriented television programme of ABP majha.

Speaking on the occasion, actor Makrand Anaspure said, “The research in agriculture sector should be given more scope as we have fewer agricultural institutes compared to the farmland available in the country.”

He added that women’s contribution in farming was more than men. Hence, “women’s communication center” should be set up to empower them.

“The frustrated and depressed farmers should come together and start group farming. NAM is always ready to help farmers,”he said.

Shri. Jagatap of NAM said that the farmers in the villages are not orphans to be adopted. They are just depressed and they only need support.

Raymon Magsaysay award winner and renowned water expert Rajendra Singh, also known as the Waterman of India, Rajendra Sinh said, “There were no suicides in the country till few years ago. Now There is a spurt in cases of farmers have started to commit suicide only because of the market oriented farming.  Suicide can never be the answer to challenges in farming.”

He appealed all to cooperate with NAM to solve these problems.

Explaining the role of Finolex company in honoring these farmers, Shri. Nitin Kulkarni, President Sales and Marketing Finolex Industries Limited said, “Finolex Pipes has taken a step ahead in association with ABP Majha in presenting Sheti Sanman Puraskar. It is an initiative to acknowledge the perseverance and achievements of the sons and daughters of the soil. ‘Sheti Sanman Puraskar’ is our way of expressing gratitude and appreciation to our farmer community who, we believe, is the backbone of our society. This award has given us opportunity to extend our thanks towards them.”

He further added, “We were delighted to be part of the awards ceremony and are will continue to sponsor it in future. We take pride in honoring and celebrating the achievements of the farmers.”

The Names of the Award winning farmers are as follows:

1. Majid Pathan

2. Vaijanath Karad

3. Ranjit Khanvilkar

4. Kailas Patil

5. Shobha Wani

6. Pratap Chiplunkar

7. Dr.Charudatta Mayi

8. Narayan Deshpande

9. Dadaji Khobragade

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