Bhubaneswar: A 50-year-old farmer in western Odisha’s Bolangir has died by suicide after a brown planthopper infestation destroyed massive components of his paddy crop, individuals conscious of the matter mentioned on Wednesday.
The farmer, who lived in Bolangir’s Puintala block, had grown paddy on 12 acres and borrowed from cooperative and personal banks. “He purchased pesticide from the native market after discovering the brown planthopper bugs within the area. However the pesticide didn’t show to be efficient,” his brother mentioned.
He added that the household reached out to state agriculture officers for assist however didn’t get any. “My brother was already burdened in regards to the mortgage and when he came upon that there could be nearly no harvest this season, he killed himself,” the farmer’s brother mentioned.
He was admitted to Bhima Bhoi Medical School and Hospital on Tuesday and was being handled for Native Bharatiya Janata Celebration legislator Mukesh Mahaling alleged that although greater than 300 hectares of paddy area within the district have been affected by the bugs, the agriculture division has not taken any steps.
There are stories of brown planthopper assaults within the Ganjam, Balasore and Keonjhar districts too.
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