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Farmers in India to block roads in protest against government apathy

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In protest against the state and Union governments’ ‘failure’ to check farmer suicides, groups of farmers have planned to block highways on September 30, between 11 am and 3 pm.

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Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha general secretary Nagendra said they will block the Mysuru-Nanjangud highway near Bandipalya while farmers from Chamrajnagar will block highways in Gundlupet and Kollegal.

Mandya farmers will block the highway at Srirangapatna and Maddur while Hassan farmers will block the highway at Bhuvanahalli and farmers in Kodagu district will block the highway at Gonikoppa.

He said, “Only ambulances or vehicles carrying those needing medical help will be allowed to pass and all other vehicles will be stopped."

He also appealed to the public to extend support to the farmers’ stir. The farmers’ leader warned that failure to check the incidents of suicides and to keep agriculture out of the World Trade Organisation’s ambit will push farmers to mass suicide.

Nagendra said many farmers’ organisations from other states too have extended support to the stir. He urged the government to waive agriculture loans, fix scientific prices for farmers’ produce and introduce a new loan policy. He said the Union government, that has control over fertilisers and sugar, should also act responsibly.

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