The growth rate in agriculture is decelerating which is an alarming situation. Justify the statement. Or What factors are responsible for increasing number of suicides among the Indian farmers?

(i) Today, Indian farmers are facing a challenge from international competition.
(ii) Reduction in public investment in agricultural sector especially irrigation power, rural roads, market, etc.
(iii) Subsidy on fertilisers is reduced leading to increase in cost of production.
(iv) Reduction in import duties on agricultural products.
(v) Withdrawal of investments by farmers from agriculture resulting in reducing employment in agriculture.
(vi) Lack of alternative employment opportunities.
(vii) Vagaries of Monsoon rainfall/climate change affected the crop productivity.