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Farmer burns his pest-infested crop to save others' lands


Farmer burns his pest-infested crop to save others' lands

Mayurbhanj (Odisha), Nov 17 (ANI): To save others crops, a farmer sacrificed his cultivated land which got infected by pests in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district. Vigneshwar Mohanta, from Bhagabandi village, cultivated rice grains in his two-acre land, but his crops got infected by the pests.

Mohanta informed the agriculture department for their help but got no satisfactory response from them, ultimately he decided to burn his crops to save other farmers crop. At least six farmers have committed suicide, allegedly due to crop loss, while there are reports of many setting fire to their crops in Odisha.

Earlier this week, the Special Relief Commissioner's office said that the affected farmers would receive Rs 137.5 crore relief in the form of input subsidies. Meanwhile, the state government has been contemplating a bill to include a compensation mechanism for sharecroppers in the event of crop loss, but it is pending since May.

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