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Bargarh farmer torches insect-affected Cropland

Bargarh, Oct 31: Annoyed over the apathetic nature of the district administration, Brunda Sahu, a farmer of Kalapani in Bargarh district, torched half acre of his cultivated land, unable to bear the brown plant hopper (BPH) attack that damaged his maize crops to a large extent.

According to reports, almost half acre of the cropland cultivated by Sahu was affected by brown plant hoppers. He had reportedly informed the district administration after insects damaged the crops. Since the district administration did not respond to his plea, the peasant got fumed over it and torched his cropland this morning.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout directed the district authority to submit a report within 48 hours. Besides, he informed that a team of agricultural experts will conduct an on spot investigation tomorrow.

Recently in Bargarh district, two farmers had committed suicide within a span of six days allegedly due to crop damage and drought issues.

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