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Farmer loses crop after spraying insecticide, threatens suicide 

Abohar: Cotton plants spread over four acres reportedly got damaged after spraying of an insecticide for three days in Katehra village, about 18 km from Abohar. Upset over the loss, the contract farmer has threatened to end his life if action is not taken against the insecticide manufacturer in question.Farmer Aad Lal had reportedly taken a loan from a private financier to cultivate 10 acres and sow cotton seeds on 4 acres of it. In his complaint submitted to the Chief Agricultural Officer on July 31, he said he purchased an insecticide manufactured by a leading company from a retailer based in Jhumian Wali, and it was reportedly sprayed on his crop on July 27 under the supervision of a representative of the company. On July 30, he spotted that the crop leaves were turning yellow.On August 1, Agriculture Development Officer Rajinder Verma and Sub-Inspector Amandeep Singh inspected the fields and confirmed that cotton leaves had lost their green colour. Something might have gone wrong following the spray, the team reportedly observed.At a meeting in the village on Sunday, farmers Ajit Jyani, Indraj Bhakar, BR Nirania and ex-member of gram panchayat Gokal Ram demanded an inquiry into the episode and urged the state government to arrange compensation for the affected farmer.

Compensation sought

At a meeting in the village on Sunday, farmers Ajit Jyani, Indraj Bhakar, BR Nirania and ex-member of gram panchayat Gokal Ram demanded an inquiry into the episode and urged the state government to arrange compensation for the affected farmer.

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