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Farmers rally in Agartala for urgent compensation amidst rain-induced losses

First Published: 17th January, 2024 20:30 IST

The problem of the farmers escalated as they faced the wrath of unrelenting rain not once, but twice in the month of December

Three farmers’ organizations staged a protest rally in Agartala on Wednesday demanding immediate compensation for one lakh farmers in West Tripura district for the losses they have incurred due to unseasonal rains in last part of December last year.
The protest was held under the banners of All India Kishan Sabha, Tripura Kshet Mazdood Union, and Tripura Rajya Ganamukti Parishad.
Starting from the Paradise Chowmhuni area, the rally traversed the streets of the capital city, with participants vociferously expressing their discontent with the government’s response to their plight.
The problem of the farmers was escalated as they faced the wrath of unrelenting rain not once, but twice in the month of December. The untimely rainfall wreaked havoc on winter crops, especially paddy, just before the anticipated harvest.
Later they gathered at the district magistrate’s office gate, raising slogans in support of their demands.
Expressing frustration with previous attempts, protesters highlighted their interactions with agricultural department officials and ministers lamenting the lack of positive action.
In addition to the rain-induced agricultural woes, the protesters shed light on the alarming increase in cow thefts in the district.
Over the past few months, approximately 1000 cows were stolen and taken across the border, the protesting farmers claimed. This poses a substantial financial blow to farmers, as mature cows are valued at more than a lakh, and milking cows represent an additional source of income.
The farmers met District Magistrate Vishal Kumar and submitted a comprehensive memorandum, underscoring the gravity of their demands and the pressing need for swift and tangible resolutions.

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