Several farmers belonging to weaker sections on Tuesday tilled the lands of the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) at Buggapadu near Sattupalli in a symbolic protest against the alleged failure of the corporation to set up food processing industry for which it had reportedly acquired the lands from them in 2008.

The farmers were protesting against the alleged apathy of the officials concerned in establishing the industry and the failure of the latter to provide employment avenues to their families as promised earlier.

They demanded that the corporation should either establish the industry or give their lands back.

According to sources, the Telugu Desam Party MLAs T. Nageswara Rao and S. Venkata Veeraiah were among those who extended their support to the agitating farmers.