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Farmers call off NH blockade over paddy procurement after 55 hours


Sambalpur: The farmers of Deogarh district, who had blocked the NH-53 at Chhatabar since Monday morning to protest against the closure of Naulipada marketplace backyard prior to the finishing touch of paddy procurement, called off their stir on Wednesday, nearly 55 hours when they put up the road blockade.

The agitators lifted the blockade when they have been confident that all of the paddy could be procured from the farmers.


The Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society or (PACS) had reportedly set a target of procuring 39,000 quintal of paddy from farmers of five gram panchayats together with Budido, Malehipada, Kantabahal, Lulong and Naulipada in Deogarh district, which might be attached to Nualipada PACS.


However, the Nualipada PACS authorities stopped paddy procurement from Sunday following a state government directive to not to procure paddy after February 4. But the Nualipada PACS had procured handiest 16,000 quintal paddy by way of then.




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