Farmers in Sambalpur stage demo with paddy-laden vehicles

December 9, 2009 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Following is a report from the expressbuzz.com:

Paddy-laden vehicles lined up outside the residence of Sambalpur District Collector protesting delay in paddy procurement on Tuesday (This photo is also taken from expressbuzz.com).

Peeved about the failure of the Sambalpur and Bargarh district administrations and the Food and Civil Supplies Department in protecting their interests, hundreds of farmers today staged a demonstration in front of the residence of Sambalpur District Collector PK Pattnaik with paddy-laden vehicles.

The farmers resorted to the agitation after Sambalpur Sub-Collector Bibhuti Bhusan Behera allegedly failed to fulfil the assurances, regarding paddy procurement, that he had made yesterday.

Yesterday, farmers blocked NH-6 at Sindurpank in Sambalpur district and Debahal in Bargarh district for hours protesting failure of the district administrations and the department to initiate measures for smooth paddy procurement. The blockade was lifted after Behera promised that all paddy brought to the yards would be weighed immediately. The Food and Civil Supplies Department, however, insisted on weighing it in the presence of millers resulting in procurement delay.

Moreover, assigning market yards to individual procurement agencies rather than allowing all agencies, has also added to the delay in procurement which in turn increased their loan burden, a farmer alleged.

In Bargarh district, farmers under the banner of Orissa Rajya Krushak Sangathan dumped paddy bags on NH-6 blocking it, protesting distress sale. The blockade paralysed the busy Kolkata-Mumbai route leaving the heavy vehicles stranded for five hours.

The farmers also protested non-payment for gunny bags and transportation charges, circulation of fake farmer identity cards and lack of steps to stop middlemen in paddy transactions.

The blockade was lifted around 7.30 pm after Bargarh District Collector Suresh Prasad Padhy and Bargarh SP S Thankapaan invited the farmers for talks to resolve the issue.

On Sunday too with the intervention of the district administration as many as 45,000 bags of paddy were lifted from Attabira, Godbhaga, Kalapani, Larambha and Thuapali market yards which continued till late night.

Admitting procedural delay, Padhy said that they were ensuring that the farmers got minimum support price. He said the farmers should bear with the delay and understand that it was in their interest.

Moreover, with huge quantity of paddy arriving at market yards it is difficult to handle it at one go, he said.

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Entry filed under: Agriculture and Irrigation, Bargarh, Farmer Suicide, Paddy, Region watch, Sambalpur.

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