Apple trader protests road blockade

Solan: A local apple trader protested outside the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) office on the Kather bypass here on Saturday while Rakesh Tikait was leaving for Shimla. The trader asked Tikait to dissuade his supporters from blocking the highway as it obstructed apple trading in the morning, which was the peak time.

Earlier, Tikait, while interacting with mediapersons at Solan, said that he would ensure that big corporates do not fleece the apple growers. He met apple growers at the APMC hall.

Making a brief halt while going to Shimla, Tikait said an agitation would be launched, if required, against the corporates for offering low rates to the growers. He asked farmers to unite against the big corporates.

Meanwhile, the All-India Kisan Sabha and the Himachal Kisan Sabha in Shimla condemned the police lathi-charge on peacefully protesting farmer in Karnal today. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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