No procurement: Farmers block highway in Bathinda's Goniana Kalan

No procurement: Farmers block highway in Bathinda's Goniana Kalan

A labourer spreads wheat at the Bathinda grain market. Tribune photo

Bathinda, April 14

Farmers under the banner of BKU (Mansa) faction staged a protest at Goniana Kalan in Bathinda district alleging the FCI had not started wheat procurement there so far.

The protesting farmers raised slogans against the Centre and the FCI. They said the central procurement agency had dragged its feet from around six mandis in the district on the pretext of high moisture content. Farmers blocked Bathinda-Amritsar highway and also raised slogans against the state government.

Union leader Jagshir Jeeda said, “This is a deliberate attempt by the central procurement agency to pester farmers who have brought their produce to the mandi. No one is available here to buy their produce. This approach of FCI won’t be tolerated and if the procurement does not start soon, we will intensify the stir.”

Later, Naib Tehsildar Rajvir Singh reached the protest venue and placated the farmers following which the dharna ended. — TNS

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