4 more farmers commit suicide in Odisha, toll mounts to 32 in 14 days

Balangir/Dhenkanal/Nuapada: Despite a series of sops announced by the Odisha government to relieve the financial burden of the farmers, the incidence of farmer suicide still goes on in the state with four such incidents in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Balangir and Nuapada districts each on Saturday.

Reports from Jajpur said Sadhu Laguri, a ryot of Garamia village under Sukinda block ended his life by hanging him from a tree in the village.

In Dhenkanal district, Bhramara Naik of Ostapala village under Odapada block breathed his last earlier in the day at the district headquarters hospital. The deceased had consumed poison on Friday after sustaining crop loss and failing to repay the debt he had incurred for cultivation.

In similar incident, Laxmidhar Putel of Belpada village in Balangir district died while undergoing treatment at the Patnagarh hospital. On Friday, he attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison.
Putel’s family members alleged the farmer was worried about repayment of loans as he was facing cotton crop loss.

In Nuapada district, Sadhu Nial of Komana village was found hanging from the ceiling of his house. Family members said he was under severe mental pressure due to crop failure and loan burden.

Nial had grown paddy in three acres of land for which he had borrowed Rs 15,000 from private money lenders. His wife also had taken Rs 30,000 from a local self help group for agriculture. With prospects of incurring loss looking imminent, Nial took the extreme step, the deceased’s family members added.

With this, the number of farmer suicide cases in Odisha has gone up to 32 in the last 14 days.