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Farmers died not due to farming related issues: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Mar 18: Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy on Saturday informed the state Assembly that five farmers have died this year and four of them including Khainu Bagarti alias Hadu died not due to any farming related issues.

The Minister during his address in the House over the farmer suicide deaths said, “Till now five farmers in Bargarh, Baleswar, Nabarangpur, Ganjam and Boudh districts have died in 2017. The joint probe reports of SPs and Collectors of the districts except Bargarh revealed that the farmers died not due to farming related issues.”

“Report on farmer death in Boudh district is yet to be submitted,” he added.

While speaking about Bagarti’s suicide, Maharathy said that the farmer died not due to any crop loss or loan burden but due to quarrel with his wife.

Bagarti, a native of Kendpali village in Bargarh had allegedly committed suicide on February 28 over crop loss.