Bhubaneswar, Sept. 2 -- The high hopes of farmers for a good yield from jute cultivation this year has taken a severe beating in Magura Panchayat of Tangi area in Cuttack due to an unknown pest attack.

According to reports, a large number of farmers in the area who directly and indirectly depend on the golden fibre for their livelihood are now staring at an uncertain future due to possible crop loss in the wake of pest attack.

"Due to scarcity of rain, we faced a lot of problems in commencing farming works but somehow managed to sow the crops. However, at the time of harvest, caterpillar-like insects have invaded our croplands in huge armies," said a farmer.

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