Odisha: Farm distress protest spills on road

Farmers dump vegetables, pulses and groundnut on NH-16 in protest against distress sale.

Published: 20th July 2017 02:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2017 10:26 AM   |  A+A-

Agitating farmers under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan stage a sit-in on NH-16 with dumped vegetables and pulses | Express

By Express News Service

JAJPUR: Protesting distress sale of their produce, hundreds of farmers from across the district under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS) dumped vegetables, pulses and groundnut on National Highway 16 at Chandikhole Chowk here on Wednesday.The protest was organised by the district committee of NKS.

Huge dumps of vegetables, black and green grams and groundnuts were seen along the road at Chandikhole within Barchana police limits. The farmers took to this unique protest due to steep fall in wholesale prices of their produce,  the agitators alleged.“We are not getting the right price for our produce and forced to sell it at a throwaway price. Our earnings are not sufficient enough to repay the crop loans because of the distress sale,’’ said Kalandi Nayak, a farmer.

The NKS accused the district administration of being apathetic towards the farmer community.
District coordinator of NKS Nimai Charan Ray said, “We had met Jajpur Collector a month back and apprised him of our plight arising out of the distress sale of groundnut, pulses, coriander, milk and vegetables. We had also submitted a memorandum to the Collector in this regard. However, it yielded no result.”

Hence, the farmers were forced to hit the streets, he said and added that the agitators have put forth their demand in a peaceful manner.Due to the protests, vehicular traffic along NH-16 was paralysed for about an hour. The agitators blocked the road with dumps of vegetables and also staged a sit-in.
Besides the agitating farmers, NKS State convenor Akshaya Kumar, advisor Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, journalist Rabi Das  and other functionaries were present.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp