Koraput district branch of Odisha Krushaka Samaja (OKS) , demanded a ban on conversion of irrigated agricultural land to homestead land.

Biren Patnaik, president of the unit, alleged that land mafias were breaking laws of the land for converting huge patches of agricultural land in and around Jeypore under the very nose of local revenue administration.

Addressing mediapersons at Jeypore on Tuesday he highlighted the challenge in losing precious cultivable land that the region was facing due to massive conversion of agricultural land .