Farmers go on 10-day strike, vegetable supplies take the hit
Farmers go on 10-day strike, vegetable supplies take the hitThe first day of the 10-day âGaon Bandhâ farmersâ agitation saw cultivators in several states, including in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, taking to the streets to express their ire. Owing to the agitation, vegetable and milk supplies were hit in many areas leading to a spike in prices.TNN | Jun 2, 2018, 03:32 IST
- Owing to the agitation, vegetable and milk supplies were hit in many areas leading to a spike in prices
- Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh called the strike to seek a series of demands, including a blanket waiver of farm loans
- The strike also hit the countryâs largest wholesale onion market, Lasalgaon APMC
The strike has been called by the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh seeking a blanket waiver of farm loans, minimum support price (MSP) for farm produce and rate for milk of Rs 50 per litre, among other things.
In Maharashtra, auction of vegetables did take place at Nashik agriculture produce market committees (APMC), but the produ ce that reached the market was low in quantity. The strike also hit the countryâs largest wholesale onion market, Lasalgaon APMC, as most farmers stayed away from auction. âOnly 300 quintals was auctioned at Lasalgaon on Friday as against 15,000 quintals on Thursday,â a Lasalgaon APMC official said.
Farmers in Rajasthan staged protests and stopped trucks supplying milk and vegetables. Farmers in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Sikar, etc. spilled milk on roads and highways. At some places like Chomu in Jaipur, they tried to forcefully shut the market. Speaking to TOI over phone, Santveer Singh, member of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, said that the bandh was a success in northern Rajasthan.
Rajasthan police said that no untoward incident was reported on Friday.
In Madhya Pradesh, the first day of the strike passed off peacefully, barring stray scuffles. However, vegetable supplies were hit badly with barely 30% of the daily need landing up at mandis i n Bhopal, triggering a price spike.
Protesters spilled 100 litres of milk on the road in Betulâs Kodaroti village, 180km south of Bhopal. Sources said some farmers were selling milk when a group of protesters arrived and forced them to throw their produce.
In Punjabâs Jalandhar, farmers led by Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee went to the vegetable market and other places and told the farmers not to bring vegetables, fodder or milk to the city till July 10. They also visited the Verka Milk Plant and told those bringing milk there not to bring it from Saturday.
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