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Deesa stinks, complaint filed against farmers, cold storage owners


Ahmedabad, 21 December 2011

Facing a glut of potatoes owing to two bumper crops in north India, the farmers in Gujarat, not being able to find buyers or good rates started dumping their crop on the roads of Deesa yesterday. With their produce getting just Re 1 per kg to Rs 2 per kg, farmers are not ready to procure potatoes lying in the cold storage.

Shri Vipulbhai Shah, President of Deesa Municipality said that massive cleaning task is going on presently on the roads of the town that are stinking due to potatoes dumped there in open by protesting farmers yesterday. The civic authority has ordered closure of all tea stalls, nashta parlous today and also has asked parents not to send their children to school today in view of the situation.

As many as 400 tractors and 800 farmers had gathered yesterday at Airport ground in Deesa in pre-announced rally. Though their tractors were full of potatoes and it was clear that they would dump their produce in the streets, the police was inactive, so as the local authority.

At around 11.25 am the farmers started unloading their trolleys on road near Dipak hotel. This movement became even stronger at around noon. The national highway that connects Deesa to Palanpur was blockaded by dumped potatoes, and traffic was jam for some time. Local Chief Officer Jagdishbhai rushed with JCB to clear the highway, however at the same time the other roads like Airport to bagicha, Saibaba mandir to high school cross roads, Diamond market to Risala chowk and Gandhi statue to Deputy Collector office were filled with potatoes by protesting farmers.

Some angry farmers threw potatoes in Deputy Collector office. One employee of this office was injured, glasses of one of the windows of Deputy Collector office were broken in this incident.

The rally was organized by Gujarat Batata Utpadak Khedut Sangathan Samiti. Traders including Shri Ganpatlal Kachhava, Vinaybhai Padhiyar, Chamanlal Gajjar, Odhaji Thakor and Pravinbhai Mali presented a memorandum to the Deputy Collector demanding minimum support prises for potatoe crop and relief of Rs 200 per katta. Odhaji Thakor said that their rally was peaceful, but some elements started unloading potatoes in streets.

Meanwhile a local advocate association met the district official and demanded strong actions against those farmers involved in dumping of potatoes on roads. Advocates Bharatbhai Mehta, Dharmendrabhai Fofani, Hinaben Thakkar among others demanded that if police don’t file complaint, they would go to court. They said farmers can not harass the people on the streets for solution of their problems.


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Comments

  1. HAPPY CITIZEN OF GUJARAT says:

    Those who indulge in such activities should be punished. If they have a real problem, they can meet the CM of state who is always willing to help the farmers and who has the welfare of farmers in his heart.Mr Modi will never tolerate such indiscipline in his state unless the demands are geninine.

  2. BAPTY.S says:

    EVERY PROBLEM HAS SOME SOLUTION. PERHAPS GUJ AGRI DEPT SHLD FIND A WAY TO COLD STOREAGE HUGE QTY & MASH IT & MAKE A NEW RECIPS WHICH CAN BE SOLD.WHY SELL AS POTATOES ONLY,TRY MAKING AN END PRODUCT BASED ON POTATO. GOOD LUCK.

    BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO THROW FOOD ON THE STREETS.IT CAN EVEN BE GIVEN TO DYING FARMERS & FARMER SUICIDE CASES IN MAHARASHTRA.,OR NEARBY STATES.

  3. KENT says:

    Br. BAPTY, You are right…. THIS is not right way to solve problem,,,,,
    This is the mind set of people of the nation… DO NOT THINK with right mind….YES, we have a problem, creating more problems will not solve any problem…..

    WHEN people without NATIONAL PRIDE will act like this and if GOVERNMENT uses heavy hand , all LIBERAL media will attack government and THOSE MEDIA people have no solution……

    REMEMBER, IT IS very easy to create more problems then solutions…. MILLIONS of people are without food and if these farmers are unhappy , they could have said to people take THESE POTATOES at no charge…..and use it….. GOD WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH THESE FARMERS AND THEY WILL PAY PRICE SOME OTHER WAY VERY DEARLY……..FARMERS WILL NEVER GO ON STRIKE, THEY CONSIDERED FATHER OF SOCIETY, THEY FEED THE NATION, THIS KIND OF ACT WILL BRING MANY PROBLEMS FOR THE FARMERS….. JAY HIND….. Oh, MY GOD , PLEASE give some sense to people of nation……JAY HIND….. I suggested solution , give this potato to people with no charge….TOO LATE…..

  4. vikram says:

    1 rupee per kg potato and 5 rupees for 1 small pack of ”lays” (5-6 crisps)!!!

  5. KENT says:

    My friend vikram, This is the reason we all should boycott all foreign goods as BABA RAMDEV says…. Nation is being robbed and we are watching cricket and worthless movies and Tv shows….. THIS is the strategy of UPA-CONGRESS party to make nation slave again…..No oFFENSE to anyone, we are kept as a slaves so no one can think for the nation….JAY HIND….JUST LOOK AROUND, I KNOW I AM RIGHT…..

  6. accept or reject ! says:

    Take these ‘sada huva’ aaloo garbage and dump in front of the loksbha/rajyasabha gruh.
    Even at the door steps of these houses’members’ homes.Let thgem smell this.
    These ras…. don’t want these poor farmers to export anything out.They are all under
    kick….. of the giants.
    Kick them all and start exporting this.

  7. Dr. Parth Mehta says:

    Totally uncivilized. National highways or as a matter of fact, any road is not their private property that they can go and dump anything anywhere they want to.

    These idiots should be forced to dump potatoes in their own compounds and then they should be forced to bear the smell of rotting potatoes then they will realize how they feel.

    How dumping potatoes on roads going to solve their problem? Imagine if there would have been some accidents and if people would have injured or died, who is going to take the responsibility for that?

    Incredibly stupid!!!

  8. KENT says:

    Dr. Parth Mehta, I agree with you 100%….
    THE situation is such that common person can not think straight…. JUST create trouble for people and destroy property and feel good….. NO COMMON SENSE…..
    THESE farmers who have suffered for whatever reason , THIS is not the solution….
    I still wonder why NO POLITICIANS from all parties have not talked about this…..
    PEOPLE will forget this and new problem will arise, THIS is my INDIA, and I love my INDIA….JAY HIND…..

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