Farmers go on 10-day strike, vegetable supplies take the hit
NEW DELHI: The first day of the 10-day ‘Gaon Bandh’ farmers’ 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.
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 produce that reached the market was low in quantity. The strike also hit the country’s largest wholesale onion market, Lasalgaon APMC, as most farmers stayed away from auction. “Only 300 quintals was auctioned at Lasalgaon on Friday as ag inst 15,000 quintals on Thursday,” a Lasalgaon APMC offi al said.
Farmers in Rajasthan staged prests 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 in dent 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 in Bhopal, triggering a price spike.
Presters spilled 100 litres of milk on the road in Betul’s Kodaroti village, 180km south of Bhopal. Sources said some farmers were selling milk when a group of presters arrived and forced them to throw their produce.
In Punjab’s Jndhar, 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.
Narapara-6 hours ago
When thousands of poor children can't get even a cup of milk, why these farmers are wasting their produce like this? Are they really poor? Gt should not accept such arm twisting tactics. Scam'gress and commies must be behind this, instigating them ag inst the Gts.
Mapper Mapper-7 hours ago
These days demanding loan waiver is becoming a fashion. Why is Supreme court blind/silent on these issues?
As m-Bengaluru-5 hours ago-Follow
70% into agriculture with small land with no productivity...this farmers will keep India poor and in sl very.
congress is to be blamed for not develo the nation faster.
Kulkarni Pralhad-Bangalore-6 hours ago-Follow
It is the middleman who is eating into the earnings of farmers. Farmers should directly sell their produce to consumers who are always at the receiving end
World-6 hours ago-Follow
In India- minorities, Dalits and farmers are like God.. above every law of the country.., they can do anything..
Nandita-6 hours ago-Follow
but why the agitation are only in bjp rule states ...why there s no agitation in other states where bjp is not in power...isnt something fishy.
Kamran-Aligarh-6 hours ago-Follow
All of them are te rorts and antinationals so send them to Pakistan.Do it asap.
Thinker-India-4 hours ago-Follow
Po iticians are destroying this country!!