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Farmers throw paddy grain on highway, demanding fair price

  • Published at 02:30 pm May 16th, 2019
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Farmers block Rangpur highway and spread paddy grain on the road in Mahigog Satmatha area of Rangpur on Thursday, May 16, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The farmers are protesting for fair prices and direct purchases

Farmers have blocked Rangpur highway—spreading paddy grain on the road—demanding purchases be made directly from farms, and that crops be sold at a fair price.

Several farmers have protested, heeding a call by Krishak Sangram Parishad (KSP)—a farmers' association in Mahigog Satmatha area of Rangpur—to do so, on Thursday afternoon.

President of KSP, Polash Kanti Nath said: "It costs around Tk700-Tk 800 to produce a maund of paddy but we can only sell it for Tk400. Even buyers are few in number."

Farmer Momtaj Uddin added: "The government has promised to buy paddy directly from farmers, but we do not see that happening here.

"We are not getting a fair price for the paddy, so we are protesting."