Farmers from Haryana who had blocked the Delhi-Ambala national highway-44 on Friday over needs for early procurement of paddy have lifted the blockade.
The 21 hours long blockade came to an end after the farmers had talks with the district administration and they ensured that paddy procurement might start immediately.
#UPDATE | Haryana: We had talks with the district administration & they've ensured that paddy procurement will start immediately. As our demands have been met, we have decided to lift the blockade on the road: Gurnam Singh Chaduni, President, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) https://t.co/TbMjAzJvFJ
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2022
The farmers gathered at the Saheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust hall in Shahabad and decided to block the highway after a discussion on Friday.
Notably, official paddy procurement in Haryana begins on October 1; however, farmers were asking for an earlier start because the paddy crop has already started to come at the grain market.
President of BKU(Haryana), Gurnam Singh Chaduni, stated to the media:, “We had talks with the district administration & they’ve ensured that paddy procurement will start at once. Since our demands have been fulfilled, we’ve chosen to remove the roadblock.”
SP Surinder Singh Bhoria of Kurukshetra reported “The highway is once again open for traffic, and all diversions have been cleared. The issue has been resolved peacefully after discussions with the farmers.”