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Rashmi Ranjan

Unable to bear crop loss and loan burden, a farmer at Pandripada village under Polasara block in Ganjam district allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Saturday.

The deceased farmer has been identified as Ramesh Raha (56).

According to sources, Raha suffered huge loss after his 60 packets of paddy got damaged due to rain and he had to sold them at a very cheap price to miller last year. Like previous year this year too, he suffered loss as his crops got damaged due to rains and pest attack.

Unable to bear the loss, Raha consumed pesticide on July 20. He was immediately rushed to MKCG hospital in Berhampur. However, he died on Saturday while undergoing treatment, sources informed.

“My husband suffered loss due to Pest attack on standing paddy crop and rains. He had also borrowed loan. Disappointed over crop loss, he consumed pesticide,” said Subasini Raha, wife of the deceased farmer.

“My father consumed pesticide after he suffered crop loss for two successive years. Marred by crop loss and loan burden, he ended his life by consuming pesticide,” said Sanjay Raha, son of the deceased farmer.

However, local police and district administration could not be contacted to comment over the matter. 

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