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Ryots set chilli bags on fire

WARANGAL: Angry farmers set ablaze their chilli produce in protest against alleged exploitation by traders at Enumamula agricultural market here on Friday.

Farmers from different mandals brought in as many as 60,000 bags and on seeing the increased arrivals, traders tried to take advantage offering Rs. 1,600 to Rs. 1,700 per quintal which farmers contended was very meagre and unreasonable.

On a promise from one of the traders that he would purchase the produce at Rs. 2,300 per quintal, farmers from distant Maripeda mandal came with over 6,000 bags. However, the trader refused to keep his promise and agreed to pay only Rs. 1,600. Angered over this, one of the farmers threw open the stock and set it afire near the chilli yard.

Cold storage facility

The Joint Collector, Syed Omer Jaleel, said the district administration would help farmers ensure that maximum stocks were lifted.

Mr. Jaleel urged farmers to make use of the Rytu Bandhu scheme in which farmers who were not willing to dispose of their produce could stock it in the cold storages.

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