A protest by farmers this morning in Haryana’s Kurukshetra went on till nightfall, with hundreds of protesters blocking a key national highway in the area and leading to a massive traffic jam. The police said they are negotiating with the farmers’ union leaders to leave the highway.
The farmers blocked the highway near Shahbad in Kurukshetra district in protest over delay in purchase of their harvested produce. Citing that they don’t have space to store their crops, the farmers had asked the state government to advance the date of procurement.
The farmers say that their produce has been lying unattended at mandis or markets as the agencies are yet to start their purchase. This has resulted in hundreds of quintals of paddy stock getting destroyed in the grain markets in Ambala, Kaithal, and other districts due to increase in their moisture content.
The protest is being led by Bharatiya Kisan Union, or BKU, Charuni.
किसान साथियों ओर देशवासियों किसान यूनियन चढूनी ने बेरिगेट तोड़ दिए जब तक ख़रीद नही आती तब तक NH1 जाम
– Gurnam Singh Charuni (@GurnamsinghBku)
Even though the paddy produce started arriving in the mandis in heavy quantities, the agencies are yet to start procurement.
The official procurement begins from October 1.