Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  
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Farmers block highway for fertiliser

Several thousand farmers of Birganj took to the streets to protest fertiliser crisis and blocked the Rangpur-Dinajpur highway for two hours yesterday.

The farmers lined up in front of a fertiliser shop at Kabirajhat in the morning but the dealer failed to provide them with fertiliser, sparking instant protest by the farmers.

Later, hundreds of farmers from nearby villages brought out a procession demanding fertiliser and put barricade on the highway at around 11:00am. At least 300 vehicles remained stranded for about two hours during the demonstrations.

On information, Birganj upazila nirbahi officer and upazila agriculture officer along with police force rushed to the spot and requested the protesters to withdraw the barricade.

The farmers lifted their barricade at around 1:00pm after the officials assured them of smooth supply of fertiliser from Saturday.