The incessant rains which had rekindled the hopes of the farming community had again forced the farmers to come on to the roads and resort to panic purchases of fertilizer to meet the demand in the fields.

Worried over the reported shortage of fertilizer stocks at the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society (PACS), the farmers including womenfolk have staged a rasta roko on the busy Rajiv Rahadhari at Nusthullapur of Thimmapur mandal on Tuesday.

The authorities have received fertilizer stocks of around 300 bags on Monday night and were planning to distribute the same to the villagers on Tuesday.

When the news broke out about the reported shortage and inadequate quantity to meet the demand of farmers, the villagers raised a voice of revolt and staged a rasta roko on the state highway obstructing the traffic.

The villagers also locked up the PACS authorities in their rooms.

The police team led by LMD SI Srinivas rushed to the spot and pacified the agitationists and regulated the traffic movement.

Later, the SI held discussions with the farmers and the authorities concerned and promised to distribute the fertilizer from Wednesday onwards after the arrival of remaining stocks.

The police said that they would issue tokens to the farmers for the collection of fertilizer bags and appealed them not to panic about the situation as they were expecting arrivals of huge quantity of fertilizer stocks to meet the growing demand in the farm sector following incessant rains.