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'Pineapple protest' by Vazhakulam farmers in Thrikkakara, Kerala

Yesterday, the Thrikkakara assembly constituency in Kerala witnessed a unique protest as pineapple farmers from nearby Vazhakulam gave away their produce for free. As many as 10,001 pineapples were distributed free at Palarivattom in protest against dropping prices and alleged governmental apathy.

The growers decided to stage the protest in Thrikkakara constituency to grab the attention of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues, who have been attending there as part of the Left Democratic Fronts election campaign.

Congress MLA Mathew Kuzhalnadan, who represents the Muvattupuzha constituency, inaugurated the protest and said he will back the farmers until they get justice. The protest organizers said they had to spend around Rs 25 to produce one kg of the fruit, but they have been forced to sell it at Rs 5 to Rs 10.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]

Source: onmanorama.com


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