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Fearing drop in prices of tobacco leaves and raw tobacco post GST, tobacco farmers across Andhra Pradesh have stalled auctions in all platforms, said the Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) in a statement.
"Farmers from different auction platforms in the Southern Black Soil (SBS) region decided not to bring our produce to the market to protest 5 per cent GST on tobacco leaves and 28 per cent on unmanufactured tobacco," said FAIFA Vice-President Gadde Seshagiri Rao.
The association has requested to "maintain status quo" in this regard by treating tobacco "on par with other agricultural crops".
FAIFA claims to represent farmers of commercial crops from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Gujarat etc.