Farmers of Duria, Artal, Palna, Gurjung, Kendupati, Borbhata, Seinpur, Matia and Madiguda gram panchayts who have been deprived of crop insurance money against the last khariff crop loss due to drought on Thursday blocked the Bhawanipatna-Raipur highway disrupting traffic at Borda, 40 kms from here.
The demonstrating farmers alleged that last kharif season was a disaster as crops failed due to erratic and scanty monsoon. The crop damage was above 70 per cent as per official reports and they were entitled to get crop insurance money.
They had paid crop insurance premium under Rastriya Krushi Bima Yojana, however they are yet to get crop insurance, alleged the angry farmers.
Later BJD MLA Anama Naik and former minister of BJP Pradip Naik reached the spot and after interacting with the farmers assured to take up the matter with higher authorities. The farmers cleared the road at 4 pm.
There was also a heated exchange of words between the farmers and the ruling BJD MLA, but no untoward incident took place.