BASTAR – A 45-year-old Chhattisgarh farmer allegedly died by suicide in Bastar’s Kondagaon district, officials said on Saturday. His family members claimed that the farmer was worried about selling his paddy crops cultivated over six acres of land after learning that the maximum area of his farm under paddy production was written off in the government record for the purpose of procurement. Meanwhile, the district administration has suspended a revenue official for allegedly making an erroneous entry for the farmer’s paddy cultivation area in the government record. However, the administration said that the error was not the reason for the farmer’s death. The farmer was found dead on December 2. As per preliminary information, Markam had sown paddy on his 2.731 hectare (6.70 acre) of land and was eligible to sell around 100 quintal of paddy at the minimum support price (MSP) in the cooperative society, Kondagaon collector Pushpendra Kumar Meena said.
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