As several districts in Odisha reel under drought-like situation, a farmer in Bolangir district ended his life over alleged crop loss by consuming poison.
As per reports, the deceased farmer, identified as Rechaka Banchor (60) of Kadobera village under Tureikela block, allegedly consumed poison on Thursday.
His family members rushed him to the Kantabanji hospital initially. However, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital. Reports stated that Rechaka died while undergoing treatment at the hospital late on the same night. “My father consumed poison yesterday as he was mentally disturbed over crop failure on account of scanty rainfall,” said Pavitra, Rechaka’s bereaved son on Friday. The family members alleged that the bulk of their cotton and paddy crops got damaged due to less rainfall this monsoon season.
Rechaka had also taken loan for agriculture purpose and was worried for the past few days over the loss of crop.
However, no officials from the local administration could be contacted for reaction over the tragic incident.
It is pertinent to mention here that not only Bolangir, several districts in Odisha are witnessing severe deficit in rainfall so far this year.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had taken a review of the drought-like situation in the State. Patnaik had directed the authorities to prepare a ‘contingency crop plan’ for the farmers to mitigate the situation.
Patnaik had stated that agricultural activities are likely to get affected in view of the deficient rainfall in 213 blocks of the State. He directed officials in the agriculture department to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis.