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Odisha farmers block road putting 5000 paddy bags

22/01/2020 at 9:02 AM

Padmapur, Jan 22: Hundreds of farmers disrupted traffic at Lakhamara square on Padmapur-Baisana main road in Bargarh district on Wednesday in protest against delay in paddy procurement.

The farmers also blocked the road putting around 5000 gunny bags containing the paddy produce on the road.

Around 308 farmers of Lakhamara society have not got token, which is mandatory to sell their paddy in the state-operated market yard.

The farmers had taken to the streets last Monday to press the same demand and later withdrew it as the district administration assured to provide token.

However, they were not distributed the tokens as promised by the authorities, following which they have staged the road blockade today.

Notably, Odisha government has introduced a centralised token system for the paddy procurement.

However, the farmers are opposing the centralised token system as they are unable to get it at the proper time to sell their paddy.

Hundreds of vehicles were found stranded on the busy Padmapur-Baisana main road following the protest.

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