Maharashtra farmers on strike demands ‘loan waive off’
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 01-Jun-2017

Mumbai, June 1: Demanding loan waive off, farmers from various districts of Maharashtra will be on strike from today. The demand came after they worried over falling prices of agriculture produce and other related issues. After failing to have talks with the Maharashtra government, the farmers on strike warned about not to perform any agricultural activity as well as sowing for the upcoming Kharif season.

Some of the representatives of a state-level coordination committee of various farmers outfit Kisan Kranti Morcha, on Tuesday had a discussion session on the loan issues with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence in Mumbai, but the discussion was unsuccessful as the farmers refused to postpone their agitation.

Previously, around 2,000 farmers across 40 villages in districts of Ahmednagar, Nashik, and Aurangabad who mobilized support from various gram panchayats had declared that they won’t be selling any farm products in the market.

This farmers strike can directly affect the nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune where they can face a shortage of vegetables, fruits, etc. Even the farmers of Nashik will not supply farm products to Gujarat.

Concern about the shortage of vegetables or fruits, one of the vendors said "The supply of vegetables and fruits in the market today is not sufficient. The buyers are going to suffer including us because we are the daily earner. There were chances that this will continue for some days as the farmers are demanding to waive off the loan”.

Citing the example of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who waived off the farmer's loan in the state, another vendor said "Our state government should also waive off the farmers' loans like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth did in the state. As the stock and supply of vegetables and fruits are less than this will automatically lead to hike in the prices based on demand".