Farmers stage blockade on NH 55 over paddy procurement hassles in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: Hundreds of farmers staged blockade on NH 55 here in Odisha on Tuesday protesting alleged irregularities in paddy procurement including hassles in token system.

The agitating farmers blocked the NH with paddy-laden tractors shouting slogans against State government.

They claimed that hundreds of farmers in the district have not got tokens to sell their paddy and paddy stocks are not being lifted by millers on time.

The State Government is currently procuring 19 quintal per acre in irrigated and 12 quintal from non-irrigated land.

Meanwhile, Vehicular traffic on Sambalpur-Cuttack highway has been disrupted due to bandh.  Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded both sides of the NH, which passes through the town.

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