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The sugarcane farmers of Gaibandha set their crop fields on fire on Saturday, failing to sell their produce to the sugar mills during this year’s cane-crushing season, reports news agency UNB.

The distraught farmers torched three sugarcane fields in Gopalpur village of Mahimaganj in the afternoon.

Also, they blocked the road in front of Rangpur Sugar Mills during the protest. Workers of state-owned mills joined them, too.

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While the threshing season is about to end, the state-owned mills have suspended crushing operations, the protesters said. “The mills were supposed to buy sugarcane from us by this December, but they are closed now,” said one of the protesting farmers.

Rangpur Sugar Mills has stopped buying sugarcane this year, which has affected hundreds of farmers across the district.

“We invested all of our savings on cultivating sugarcane – in the hope of generating some money by the end of the year. But all of our plans have been shelved now, following the suspension of sugarcane crushing at the mills,” the protesters said.

Also, they warned to continue their agitation until six state-owned mills including Rangpur Sugar Mills start buying their produce.

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