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This is dissertation submitted to the Gandhigram Rural Institute - Deemed University in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of M.Phil in Economics. This study explored the farmers suicides in the Cauvery delta districts of Tamil Nadu in India. This study has used descriptive research design with both qualitative and quantitative research designs. Both primary and secondary data have been used. Primary data have been collected from 21 victim farmers households from the Cauvery delta districts of Tamil Nadu. It also finds crop failure is the main reason for the farmers suicides and sudden deaths in the Cauvery delta, it show a serious distress situation and immediate intervention from policy circle is required. Safety net measures like crop insurance and allowances may be provided as immediate relief. Intensive counselling at household level is another intervention, which may reduce the suicides immediately. Local educational institutions and their community service wings may be utilized for educating and counselling the distress farmers. Long term measures like identification and propagation of drought resistant and high yielding varieties of seeds to be distributed. Alternative livelihood strategies like fish rearing, cattle rearing and farm forestry may be taken up in the delta. Apart from that, agriculture is the main source in the rural livelihood of the delta regions. And the Cauvery river water only there source of irrigation so without Cauvery water in this region cannot get minimum quality of life. Therefore, official should take immediate action to the Cauvery water dispute issue in the riparian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.