Ratan Shanr(35) had consumed pesticide at his home at Sassanga village in Khandagosh area of the district on March 18 and died at Burdwan Medical College Hospital on Friday morning, Police said.

Victim's brother Bansi said the farmer had mortgaged his wife's ornaments to arrange for a private loan of Rs 60,000. But as the prices of potato remained very low, he was depressed and took the step.

State Agriculture Minister Purnendu Bose had cited recently that the government is keeping an eye on the situation arising out of surplus potato output in the state which has left farmers worried.

Khandagosh block development officer Santanu Das said he had received the news and was looking into the situation.

In the past fortnight, two other potato farmers had committed suicide at Bhatar and Mangolkote in the district as prices of the tuber remained very low.

Potato production in the state was in excess of 110 lakh tonnes, up by around 15 per cent over last year due to higher acreage and conducive climate, the former president of West Bengal Cold Storage Association Ramapda Paul said.

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