A 28-year-old farmer in Mandwa village of Umred tehsil of Nagpur district allegedly died by suicide on Thursday after his entire soybean crop was damaged due to heavy rains last month.
Yashwant Solse, Police Inspector of Pauni police station told Naveen Bharat,” 28-year-old Yogesh Chavan committed suicide by hanging himself in his field. His elder brother Rajesh told us that Yogesh was depressed as the entire soybean crop was ruined due to heavy rains. Rajesh said that he has a bank loan of about Rs 7 lakh.
“It is true that his soybean crop has suffered a lot, but we are yet to verify the loan claim of Rs 7 lakh,” Solsse said.
According to Soulse, “Yogesh was in Pune for coaching last year as he was planning to appear for Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam. But he returned to his village due to the closure of classes in the wake of the Kovid epidemic. Both the brothers have about 12 acres of land. Yogesh had thought of taking up farming till the epidemic situation improved, but due to heavy rains in September, the soybean crop was badly damaged. Obviously this troubled Yogesh, due to which he took this step.
Heavy rains in September, especially in the second half of the month, have made the farmers of Vidarbha heavy and dry, damaging the soybean crop which was nearing the harvesting stage. The damage was particularly severe in parts of Buldana, Yavatmal, Washim and Akola districts of Amravati division of the region. According to Divisional Commissioner Amravati Piyush Singh, there has been a crop loss of up to 35-40 percent in the division.
Amravati division grows soybean in 1.4 million hectares, followed by cotton in 1 million hectares. Thus soybean is the main crop of Amravati division.
In Nagpur division, paddy is the main crop, followed by cotton and soybean. “This time the division has more than 2.5 hectares under soybean. There is about 19,000 hectares in Nagpur district, 1.25 lakh hectares in Wardha and 50 lakh hectares in Chandrapur. There has been heavy damage to the crop in Umred, Katol and Narkhed tehsils of Nagpur district. In these places, there is a loss of more than 75 percent in terms of yield. Soyabean has also suffered heavy damage in some parts of Wardha district,” said Ravindra Bhosale, joint director, Nagpur agriculture.