A farmer who lost his crop to the whitefly attack in Boha village, about 30 km from Mansa town, committed suicide, his family said on Sunday, as the government compensation was allegedly not enough for his debts to be cleared.
The incident has not been reported to the police, but relatives of Gurmail Singh, 45, said he drank poison on Friday early morning and his body was recovered from his farm.
They said the farmer had grown cotton on more than eight acres of land taken on contract from a landlord, but the crop was destroyed in the whitefly attack.
A relative, Gurcharan, said the government had compensated the deceased farmer for the loss only on five acres and paid him Rs 40,000.
“He was under extreme stress as his daughter is of a marriageable age and he was under debt from the local landlords,” Gurcharan said.
“This policy of the state government is very discriminatory for us,” he added.