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Farmer Suicide Continues In Odisha, 2 Farmers Die In 3 Days

**Dhenkanal: ** The furore caused by Bargarh farmer suicide had not yet subsided, when another farmer from Dhenkanal has been reported to die after consuming poison on Friday.

The latest suicide has been reported from Lembupala village under Kamakhyanagar PS in Dhenkanal district. A farmer named Basu Hembram had consumed poison on 31st October due to crop failure.

Notably, Basu was a poor tribal farmer. His main source of livelihood was agriculture. He cultivated on his 4 acres of land, and had taken 8 more acres from villagers on lease. Ironically this land was situated at the west of Rengali dam but was not under the purview of its irrigation facility.

“He borrowed more than Rs 30,000 from local people as he did not have proper documents for a bank loan. But drought had completely destroyed his yield. The creditors used to come for their money and he had no way out to repay the loan. This always created trouble in the family and he contemplated on suicide having no way out of this trap,” informed Akhay Pani, Co-ordinator, Adivasi Kranti Sangathan.

The farmer is survived by his wife and six children (two daughters and four sons). His wife seems to be totally broken down after this incident.

“The government should step in to help this hapless family at this juncture,” said Shyam Sunder Hansda, relative of the deceased farmer.

On Wednesday, a farmer of Bargarh named Brunda Sahoo had consumed poison after torching his pest-affected crops. On Friday, a woman farmer named Saraswati Patra of Balasore attempted suicide over pest affected crop failure but was saved by timely hospitalization.

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