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Odishatv Bureau

Rayagada: There seems to be no end to farmer suicides over alleged crop loss in Odisha as a farmer in Rayagada district died on Sunday after battling for life at hospital for over a week in hospital. The deceased has been identified as Narendra Hikaka.

Hikaka of Malisiripur of Bissamkatak block had consumed posion on November 26 over alleged crop loss and was undergoing treatment at local Christian hospital.

Also Read:Farmer suicide: Another farmer ends life in Bargarh

Family members alleged that Hikaka was in mental duress after the cotton and paddy crops that he had grown in nearly four acres and vegetables in two acres of land were destroyed by the pests.

Moreover, Hikaka had taken bank loan and also borrowed money from other sources for farming.

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