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Debt-ridden Karnataka sugarcane farmer sets crop on fire and then jumps in only to die
In a heartwrenching case of farmer suicide a distressed debt-ridden sugarcane farmer in Karnataka's Pandavapura taluk in Mandya district set fire to his standing cane crop and jumped into it, as he was not able to payback the debts and was not getting remunerative price for the sugarcane crop.
According to the relatives of the farmer, he had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh for the crop production, and when he found that he won't be getting remunerative price for his crop in the market so that he return the debt, he went to the field in the morning and set fire to the crop and jumped into it.

50-year-old Ninge Gowda has a family which is totally dependent on him. He has a son who is handicapped. The villagers have pleaded the authorities for adequate compensation for Gowda's family.

The sugarcane farmers in the district are upset over the crash in sugarcane prices and harassment from money lenders. They are not able to get a good price of their produce as the Pandavapura sugar factory starts crushing only by the end of July. And when the farmers are going to jaggery units they are offered less prices.

The farmers are subsequently demanding suitable compensation. They have also staged a protest demonstration on Srirangapatna-Bidar Highway in Srirangapatna.

Former Chief Minister of the state HD Kumaraswamy, who is on protest march from Hubballi to Belagavi in north Karnataka termed the farmers death as a painful incident. He also appealed the farmers not to commit suicide.

This in not first of its kind incident. Many farmers across India are committing suicide because of various reasons like drought, debt etc. Recently a farmer Gajendra Singh had committed suicide by hanging himself during a rally in national capital, New Delhi.

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