On January 7 last year, Rekha Kadu [in picture] set herself ablaze and died from the burns [Kunal Rajnikant Purohit/Al Jazeera]

Amravati, India – More female farmers are committing suicide in the western Indian state of Maharashtra where a decades-long agrarian crisis has reportedly driven more than 30,000 farmers to end their lives.

Al Jazeera managed to access government data collated by local authorities that shows that in the Amravati district alone, since 2018, 22 female farmers have ended their lives, with an average of one suicide a month.

But, experts and advocacy activists in the field believe the situation is far worse and the Indian government’s policies to withhold data about it might only be complicating the situation.

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At the state level,

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