Farmers stage protest

Farmers of Satakutuni panchayat of Ganjam district demonstrated and handed over a memorandum at the Berhampur sub-collector’s office on Thursday demanding reopening of mandi for paddy procurement in the panchayat. Leader of these peasants Ranjit Sahu said mandi for procurement of paddy had been opened up in the panchayat on January 12. But it was closed down after two days. Around 6,000 quintals of paddy had been procured during these two days. At present around 18,000 quintals of paddy was still with the farmers of the panchayat, Mr Sahu said.