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DEBT-STRESSED B’NGIR FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

DEBT-STRESSED B’NGIR FARMER COMMITS SUICIDE

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Nandighosh Barik (55), a farmer of Harbhanga village under Agalpur block, committed suicide on Monday night by hanging in a tree allegedly due to crop loss and loan burden.
According to sources, the deceased farmer had one acre of land. Apart from his land, he had raised crops in another three acres of land on share cropping basis.
He had cultivated paddy in two and a half acres, brinjal in half an acre and mung in one acre of land.
On March 18 last, the entire crops of his village and three nearby villages were damaged due to hailstorm. Revenue and Agriculture officials visited the fields to assess the crop damage.
According to agriculture office sources, in four villages namely Harbhanga, Mursundi, Semel Munda and Kutasingha under Agalpur block, crops in a total of 169 hectares of land were damaged due to hailstorm. Maximum damages were suffered by paddy, onion, watermelon and other crops in Titilagarh block where hailstorm occurred twice, on March 15 and 17. A total of 334 hectares in 12 gram panchyats were affected.
Several farmers came to the grievance cell of the district Collector in Balangir on Monday to register their complaints.
In the absence of the Collector, they submitted their memorandum of crop damage and other problems to the Sub Collector.
A joint inquiry team comprising Teshildar, Agriculture and other department officials has been sent to the village to inquire into the farmer’s suicide incident, said Balangir Sub Collector Bimal Prasad Mohany.
Aakash Mishra, of Congress said, “Nandighosh had incurred private loan from SHG groups, micro finance, and from individual sources to the tune Rs 75, 000. We demand immediate compensation to the family and total waiver of loan of the deceased farmer. Besides this, a job to one of the deceased family member should be given.”
 

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