Jajpur, Sept 22 (LocalWire): A large number of flood-affected farmers under the banner of Navnirman Krusak Sanghatan blocked NH-5 at Chandikhol in Jajpur district on Tuesday in protest against the inaction of authorities with regard to providing help to the flood victims.
The incident caused traffic snarls on both sides of the national highway for nearly three hours.
“Large tracts of paddy saplings across Jajpur district were completely destroyed in the floods.
We have demanded compensation of Rs 15,000 for crop loss per acre of land,” said Akshaya Kumar, the National Co-ordinator of Navnirman Krusak Sanghatan.
“Faulty agriculture policies of the government is the main reason behind the woes of a large number of farmers in the state.
The farmers never insure their crops, as a result of which they suffer at the hands of natural disasters like floods, cyclones and droughts.
The government is yet to formulate a concrete policy to insure agricultural land.
This causes many farmers to bear losses as they do not get any compensation in lieu of crop damage,” added Akshaya Kumar.
The agitating farmers also opposed the Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and
Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 which were recently passed in both the houses of the parliament.
These bills are anti-farmer and the union government has passed these bills to benefit big corporate houses and to end the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops, said Seshadeb Nanda, the state coordinator of Navnirman Krusak Sanghatan.