The farmers in Raisen staged chakkajam for nearly an hour on Sagar-Bhopal road on Wednesday when they arrived with paddy crop on trolleys but found krishi upaj mandi closed. The mandi was closed as per the orders of the state government, but the farmers had no information about it.
In Khargone, cotton farmers staged a protest near Bawadi bus stand premises after traders at the local market place (mandi) refused to purchase the produce following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
The chakkajam started at about 12 noon. Police arrived on the spot after receiving information but the farmers were adamant that they would go only after selling their produce. The police and administrative officials failed to convince them after which additional police force was called. Additional collector SB Singh and tehsildar Avinash Mishra arrived on the spot. Farmers lifted the chakkajam only after the officials accepted their demand to make free stay and food arrangement for them till Thursday at the mandi.
A farmer Kamal Singh said that no information about mandi’s closure had been provided to them. Over 100 trolleys arrived at the mandi.
Cotton farmers protest at Bawadi bus stand in Khargone
Cotton farmers staged a protest near Bawadi bus stand premises in Khargone after traders at the local market place (mandi) refused to purchase the produce following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
Farmers disrupted traffic near the bus stand, leading to long line of vehicles along the highways leading to Maharashtra and Vadodara.
More than 1,000 tractor trollies and bullock carts of farmers were parked outside the mandi, spilling onto the roads of Khargone.
Farmers, who usually bring produce in hired vehicles, were left with unsold produce and mounting rentals. Many of them tried to contact mandi officials and individual traders , offering to take payments later. They were left with no response.
Superintendent of Police Amit Singh and other officials, after failing to persuade farmers, opened an alternate route for traffic.