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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Suicide of a farmer in Odisha’s Nuapada district allegedly over crop loss and debt burden sparked tension with locals and farmers’ organisations blocking NH-353 near Khariar on Tuesday.

The demonstration was launched to press for a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the deceased farmer, Jadumani Bag.

According to reports, Bag had taken a loan of Rs 30,000 for paddy cultivation in his six acre land. However, Bag ended his life after his crops failed due to lack of rainfall.

Also Read: Loan burden triggers farmer suicides in Dhenkanal

Agricultural activities in 114 blocks have been affected due to erratic rainfall between June and September this year while 25 blocks have been worst affected this year.

Official sources said Odisha so far has received 10.1 percent lower rainfall than normal.

As per a report of the State Agriculture Department, while the amount of average rainfall in Odisha is 1,144.3 mm, only 1,028.3 mm rainfall has been recorded till date.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took stock of the situation at a high level drought review meeting held at Bhubaneswar today.

Patnaik instructed all district collectors to submit ‘Panchayatwari’ report on amount of rainfall and crop loss by October 15. He said further action will be taken after getting the reports.

The Finance Department has appointed a nodal officer to identify and provide financial assistance to affected farmers as nearly 12 lakh farmers in Odisha had taken loans from cooperative societies.

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