“There are 12,000 people here. Almost everyone in the village practices agriculture. People grow BT cotton, Soyabean, Tuar and Urad Dal, but the harvest has been terrible for the last few years. All of our crops were affected by a virus called 'Lali'," says Prakash Dineshrao, the local Sarpanch's son.
These are the crops that have been affected by a virus, which is locally known as 'Lali'. The seeds become red and the crop withers away.
"The virus was first seen 3 years ago and it has come back to haunt us every year since. The estimated loss is around Rs. 1-1.5 lakh per hectare of land. We had sent samples of our soil to the lab in Wardha, but none of the reports suggest any problems with the land," he said.
There were 4 suicides in 2016, with the most recent one taking place in December. The dead was identified as Deepak Dashrath Dable.