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Don't take your lives, Dama appeals to farmers

Bhubaneswar, Nov 3: The Odisha Agriculture Minister, Damodar Rout on Friday appealed the farmers not to take extreme step of committing suicide or set the damaged crops on fire.

Speaking to media persons today, Rout said, 'Paddy crops have been regarded as Goddess Laxmi in our society since time immemorial; I am requesting the farmers in distress with folded hands not to burn their paddy crops.'

'The State government is with them; appropriate action will be taken and adequate compensation will be provided to the distressed farmers' he added requesting them not to commit suicide.

In last three days, farmers of Bargarh, Jharsuguda , Nuapada, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Rayagada districts in the state set their crops on fire on acres and acres of paddy fields as they could not stop the attack of brown plant hopper pest.

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