Fact Check: Old Video from 2018 Falsely Linked To The Ongoing Farmers’ Protest

Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, a video of a farmer sprinkling water on sacks of wheat is being shared on social media. It is being claimed that the man is sprinkling water to facilitate the rotting process in order to sell the grains to distilleries and breweries.

The caption of the video read, “FCI storage yard, wheat bought at MSP, This is the scene across Punjab, water is sprinkled on bags to make the grains rot then it is sold to distillery & breweries by the five star farmers who are agitating on the border of Delhi, Big money involved.”

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We extracted the keyframes of the video and ran it through Reverse Image Search. The search led us to the YouTube video uploaded by ABP News in May, 2018.

“Man spreads water on wheat sack to increase its weight”, the title of the video read.

According to the video, the incident took place in Haryana’s Fatehabad district, where a man was pouring water on sacks of wheat to increase their weight.

The video also stated that the matter was being investigated by the Fatehabad Market Committee, who reportedly found that a trader from Fatehabad Mandi was mixing water in the food grains to earn more profit.

The incident was also reported by The Times of India, Punjab Kesari and News 18 Hindi.

The above fact check proves that the video in circulation is OLD and has no relation with the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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