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Kurukshetra farmers protest delay in procurement of sunflower seeds

By, Karnal
May 23, 2023 12:38 AM IST

Hundreds of farmers protested at the Shahbad grain market, demanding government agencies procure sunflower seeds at the promised minimum support price of ?6,400/quintal. The farmers accused the government of misleading them and demanded prompt procurement.

Demanding procurement of sunflower seeds by government agencies, hundreds of farmers on Monday held a protest at the Shahbad grain market.

Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) stage a protest at the Shahbad grain market on Monday.
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) stage a protest at the Shahbad grain market on Monday.

Protesting under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni), they accused the government of misleading the farmers on the name of minimum support price (MSP). The government had fixed the sunflower MSP to 6,400 per quintal, but the farmers alleged that the government agencies did not start the procurement yet, though the harvesting of the crop has already begun.

BKU leader Rakesh Bains demanded the government to immediately start procurement by government agencies.

“There is an increase in the area under the crop and the yield is also good. But the government agencies should start procurement from May 25, instead of June 1 and the number of purchase centres should also be increased in all mandis of sunflower sowing belts of the state,” he added.

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