With traders in no mood to give any “concrete assurance'' to their demand for a remunerative price for their produce, tobacco farmers in Prakasam district, whose relay fast entered the sixth day on Saturday, decided to step up their stir from Tuesday.

Returning “empty-handed'' from Guntur after attending a meeting convened by Tobacco Board Chairman G Kamala Vardhana Rao, farmers held an emergency meeting and decided to stall the auction to be resumed by the Board on Tuesday in the auction platforms in the district.

CPI(M)-led Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangam Prakasam district secretary N Ranga Rao said “we will embark on ‘Guntur chalo' programme on April 6 and lay a siege to the Tobacco Board office to press our demand for an average price of Rs 120 per kg''.