Crop failure forces Banki farmer to end life

Banki: There was no let-up in farmer suicides in the state with one fresh case reported from Nuasahi in Barhampura area near here on Thursday night.

The deceased has been identified as Banka Bihari Rout.

Sources said Rout took the extreme step as he faced heavy crop loss due to scanty rain and was under severe stress due to loan burdens.

Yesterday, Bhubaneswar Behera, a farmer of Barpadar village under Khariar police limits in Nuapada district had ended life by hanging himself inside his house.

Behera had raised a loan to sow paddy on two-and-a-half acres of land. However, the crop failed due to scanty monsoon rains, forcing him to take the extreme step.

Similarly another farmer, Judhistir Putel, was battling for life at a government hospital in Kantabanji in Bolangir district after an alleged suicide attempt on Wednesday.

Family sources said he had grown paddy and vegetables on four acres of land, for which he had taken Rs.50,000 from a cooperative society and another Rs.30,000 from a bank. However, his crop too was damaged due to weak monsoon.

In the past one month, more than 30 farmers — most of them in rain-deficient western Odisha districts — have killed themselves allegedly over crop failure.