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Bangalore: A 45-year-old vegetable farmer from Malur taluk of Kolar district tried to commit suicide a few days ago as he was frustrated over the prospect of losing his crop due to erratic power supply.
Tomato and beans grower Kittappa tried to set himself afire by dousing himself with kerosene when farmers were protesting in front of the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) office in Malur against the erratic power supply. He was rescued by the other farmers. This incident is testimony to the serious impact of erratic power supply on dry-land farmers.
For the farmers in dry-land areas like Kolar, Tumkur, Chitradurga and Bangalore Rural districts, power is the lifeline, especially during the agricultural season as they depend on it to pump up water from borewells which are as deep as 1,000 ft. An erratic supply even for a few weeks during the crucial period may spell doom for them.
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