While loss of Kharif
(rain-fed) crop has left the farmer in a helpless situation, the sword of loan
burden still hangs over the head. Adding to the plight is the non-conducive
climate for the Ravi (summer) crop, which may also fail as the winter rain too
has not been adequate and is predicted to be abnormally delayed.
If the Ravi crop fails,
which seems obvious as on today, there would be more migration and, may be, more
cases of farmer suicide in Odisha.
Author is a Nuapada based journalist and social