, 04 Mar. 04 : Potato firming is no longer a
profitable one in Burdwan district, once known to be the highest
grower of the crop. The black shed of Andhra's
cotton farmers woeful story comes to Burdwan. Last night a
potato farmer named Rabindranath Ghosh (38 years) of Bishkoba
village, Memari Block-2 committed suicide at his potato field,
expecting a massive loss this time for 'Dhasa' (blight), a infectious disease
of potato. Farmers usually borrow money from local 'mahajaans'
for their firming. Rabindranath Ghosh also borrowed money from
local 'mahajan' for his firming. Potato farmers are very much
worried about this infectious disease. Rabindranath was already
in debt and was expecting a huge loss due to this destructive
night at around 8 p.m. he committed suicide after consuming pesticide
in his potato field. Immediately he was rushed to Burdwan
Medical College & Hospital where he died this morning.
brother Swapan Ghosh told bardhaman.com "My elder brother
firms our land as well as some land of Shyamal Ghosh on a share
He was already involved in debt for not getting expecting cost
from rice firming this year. In spite of that he ploughed 8 'bighas'
of land for potato with a great hope to wipe-out the prior
debts. But the infectious disease
of potato make him frustrated and he took his life. Now what
will happen to his wife, son and daughter?"
disease is becoming districts' burning problem day by day.
Potato cultivators are in dire situation due to their huge
investments (made usually by taking loan) on cultivating the
peasants hopelessly count their future, but district
agricultural department is still in deep sleep. They are yet to
take any action regarding this matter. Last week District Chief
Agricultural Officer Aswani Kumar Bari told "only some pockets of
Kalna block is affected with this disease. I have no such
information about spreading this disease
getting information regarding the farmers' death from
bardhaman.com this afternoon, DM Subrata Gupta immediately
contacted with Pradip Kumar Agarwal, the Joint BDO of Memari and ordered him to enquire the
matter. In evening Dr. Gupta told bardhaman.com, "Memari
joint BDO sent his initial reports to me. I ordered him for a
quick detail enquiry. We do not rule out the farmers suicide
due to 'dhasa' disease of potato. I'll personally look after the