Protesting farmers continue to spill milk down roads

Protesting farmers continue to spill milk down roads

In many places, the agitators threw the confiscated vegetables and milk on the road.

The farmers in parts of the state had launched an agitation today to press various demands including a loan waiver.

He added that representatives of the Kisan Kranti Jan Andolan had left Puntamba for Mumbai and would hold talks with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday night. This is for the first time farmers are on strike. "We are seeking loan waiver for all suffering farmers". Patil said milk cooperatives are ready to buy the milk but farmers are not selling. Farmers from Talki Dhokeshwar in Ahmednagar district formed a vigilante group to intercept vehicles transporting agriculture products to markets.

"We receive around 500 vehicles carrying vegetables from Maharashtra. We are very firm in our stand, now it's time for the government to take action before things go out of hand", Raut said.

Such outbursts of rural discontent in Maharashtra and other states pose a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double the income of farmers over the next five years.

"We will continue to strike until our demands of loan waiver and remunerative prices for agriculture produce are met". Similarly, the animal market at Niphad in the district too remained closed due to the strike.

In Nashik, cultivators are also opposing the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur "Samruddhi Corridor" (Prosperity Corridor), a superhighway project which will require acquisition of farm land.

The farmers' stir in Maharashtra entered a decisive phase on Friday.

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"Violence and agitation can not resolve anything".

Ruling ally Shiv Sena asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to heed the farmers demands and take urgent steps, but Fadnavis retorted by saying the government was aware of its responsibility and expected the same from its ally. "One futile meeting is not the end of the road", he said.

According to reports, the farmers from Nashik district will also not supply agricultural produce to Gujarat.

Other APMC markets including the Vashi market in Navi Mumbai, the wholesale market for farm commodities catering to Mumbai and Thane, operated with low supplies. "The onion, potato and fruit supplies were normal today", said Ashok Walunj, onion and patato trader from Mumbai APMC.

"Traders are speculating on shortages and sharply raised prices of all the vegetables". But noting can be said about tomorrow.

"Navi Mumbai APMC gets around 4,000 tonnes of vegetable each day, and we received nearly the same quantity of vegetables today".

Mumbai, the country's biggest city with a population of around 17 million, gets around 160 tonnes of vegetables from only Nashik daily, besides other parts of Maharashtra, which started declining from early on Thursday, leading to a 30 to 60 percent hike in retail prices.

In a severe critique, Raj Thackeray said "farmers and soldiers are dying all over the country, but the BJP is happy" as he expressed his party's full support to the farmers' strike.

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