Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023

Sugarcane farmers began an indefinite protest on the Jalandhar-Phagwara freeway on Tuesday demanding hike in procurement value for crop from Rs 380 to Rs 450 per quintal, with a whole bunch tenting out in the midst of the street by pitching tents.

Hundreds of the protesters are sitting on the freeway, waving farmer union flags and shouting slogans in opposition to the federal government. Several farmer unions below the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha have gathered for the protest.

They have additionally blocked the freeway, on account of which the motion of the vehicular site visitors has been hampered.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Doaba) chief Manjit Rai stated that they had apprised the federal government a number of occasions for enhancement of the sugarcane assured value, however of no avail.

On blocking the rail community, he instructed the media {that a} assembly of all farmer unions could be held to determine on this regard.

“We had postponed the dharna planned for November 8 but got it postponed on the assurance of the government to accept the demand. We have been told that a meeting has been called by the Cane Commissioner on Wednesday on the issue but we have not been invited. We are being told that a notification for price hike will be released after the meeting but our dharna is indefinite, ” he stated.

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