Ujjain: Regular trading came to a standstill at the Chimanganj Krishi Upaj Mandi on Friday morning, when farmers demanding reasonable prices for their quality wheat produce during auction protested against traders.
The auction was halted midway as farmers parked their tractors outside the mandi premises, creating traffic blocks. With the season witnessing bumper arrivals of wheat this year, farmers arrived with over 20,000 sacks of produce on Friday. As the auction progressed, farmers managed to get only Rs 1300-1500 per quintal, which is way lesser than the support price of Rs 1625 for good quality wheat. Incidentally the same produce had fetched Rs 1800-1900 the previous day.
This unjustified discrepancy in prices of the same quality of wheat was seen by farmers as a planned act by the traders union, and they hence refused to sell their produce. To protest against traders, farmers walked out of the auction midway, shouting slogans against the traders. Chimanganj police officers reached the mandi and tried to pacify the farmers, in vain. The police had to resort to strict action to clear the choker block traffic as a result of the protest.