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Farmer protests have been loudest in states with high agricultural growth. What explains the paradox?

Crash Boom Bang
Potato Couch | Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Due to assured loss, farmers are being unable to sell their produce to traders, letting it go waste
Crash Boom Bang
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2017-06-27T20:19:01+05:30

From a distance, it’s difficult to pinpoint the source of the stench amid the rolling green fields in this Sikh-dominated hamlet off Kurukshetra, Haryana. Covered by black tarpaulin sheets and hay, the heaps of rotting potatoes—tonnes of them—are barely visible until farmer Bhupinder Pal Singh points to them. Some of the tuber has melted into thick slush, infested with insects and flies. The spot has become a local tourist attraction of sorts: a mini-mountain of rotting aloo.


Reporting: Zia Haq; Video: Jitender Gupta; Editing: Suraj Wadhwa

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