Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil on Thursday said the farmers who commit suicide are cowards. "The farmers who commit suicide are cowards. Only a coward who can't take care of his wife and children commits suicide. Addressing farmers at Ponnampet in Kodagu district, Patil said when we fall in the water, we have to swim and win. The Minister was explaining to bamboo growers of Ponnampet how profitable the agriculture business is, but "some cowards do not realise that and commit suicide." To buttress his point, Patil cited an example of a woman who was wearing gold bangles.