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Maharashtra farmers strike: Here's how agrarian agitation will affect common lives

Maharashtra farmers strike: Here's how agrarian agitation will affect common lives

Mumbai: On Friday, the strike by the Maharashtra farmers, who are demanding loan waiver, has entered the second day. Even three years later, the Modi government has not fulfilled the promises, he said.

Police officials from Nashik, Satara and Ahmednagar districts confirmed that adequate security was being provided to vegetable and milk suppliers. The CM had also expressed his willingness to hold talks with the protesting farmers on Thursday. In Nashik and Solapur, thousands of litres of milk was spilled on roads by farmers.

Mumbai needs 55 lakh litre of milk per day of which 12 lakh litre comes from Kolhapur, 10 lakh from Ahmednagar, 15 lakh litre from Gujarat and 3 lakh litre from Karnataka, according to ANI. He also offered to mediate between the farmers and the Maharashtra government.

"Farmers have set up check posts on national highways to ensure vehicles carrying vegetables and fruits can not enter the city", said a trader based at Vashi market on the outskirts of Mumbai. Various farmer organisations and political parties like Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) extended their support to the voluntary leaderless farmers' strike in the state primarily against low commodity prices and absence of government policies to support them.

The average supply of vegetables to Navi Mumbai APMC is around 7,000 tonne, he said.

A curfew was imposed in Yeola town in Nashik district yesterday, following a clash between the police and a mob of stone pelters. As part of the strike, farmers have decided not to sell their produce. Farmers' bodies have given a 48-hour ultimatum to the BJP government for fulfilling their demands, which include loan waiver, free electricity, better prices for produce, higher price for milk, and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee recommendations.

"We receive around 500 vehicles carrying vegetables from Maharashtra". In spite of such immature and unreasonable display of protest, the vegetable and fruit supplies have remained largely unaffected in the Navi Mumbai Agriculture Produce Market Committee yard, which supplies produce to Mumbai and some neighbouring districts. "Potato arrivals were not affected much as they come in safely-packed trucks from other states, which are hard to target but not a single onion was supplied today", Kulkarni said. "Since the strike has started no vehicles will reach the market on Friday". This means Mumbaikars are likely to face a supply crunch on Friday. At the Pune APMC, onion supplies went down from 8,499 quintals on Thursday to only 229 quintals on Friday. "If farmers' leaders wish so, I am ready to initiate a dialogue with farmers and the government", Mr Hazare said. "We will decide on 4 June whether to extend the strike", said said Jeevajerao Suryavnashi, a farmer leader from Aurangabad.

The state Congress chief said the farmers strike had brought the state in a situation it never faced before.

"BJP has a committee to come up with interesting names for government schemes, but the state coffers are empty".


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