Madhya Pradesh farmers block highway protesting delay in purchase of onion crops

Upset over the delay in purchase of onions on the MSP announced by the Madhya Pradesh government, farmers in Sehore blocked the Indore-Bhopal road

IANS June 28, 2017 15:53:02 IST
Madhya Pradesh farmers block highway protesting delay in purchase of onion crops

Sehore : Upset over the delay in purchase of onions on the MSP announced by the Madhya Pradesh government, farmers in Sehore blocked the Indore-Bhopal road in protest on Wednesday.

Vehicle movement was disrupted for around two hours due to the blockade, leading to long queues stretching for kilometers on both sides.

Madhya Pradesh farmers block highway protesting delay in purchase of onion crops

Representational image. PTI

The farmers dispersed after police assurance.

"The farmers were extremely upset over the delay in purchase of onions on the MSP in the mandi. They called off their protest after assurance that their grievances would be addressed," said Ashta Police Station Incharge BD Beera.

The Madhya Pradesh government had announced a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 8 per kilo for onion after a farmer protest turned violent in Mandsaur on 6 June in which six persons were killed in police firing.

However, there are complaints from many places that onion is not being bought from the farmers at the MSP announced.

For several days, farmers have been waiting patiently in the mandi to sell the onion crop, with several huge bags of the vegetable getting spoilt due to heavy rain.

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