Farmers go on 10-day strike, vegetable supplies take the hit: The first day of the 10-day ‘Gaon Bandh’ : farmers’ confrontation witnessed cultivators in a number of states, including in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, taking to the streets to express their rage.
Unsettled by the agitation, milk, and vegetable supplies were hit in many areas which were leading to a point in prices.
The strike has been regarded as 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, the auction of vegetables did take place at Nashik agriculture produce market committees (APMC), but the produce that reached the market was in the low quantity.
This strike also hit the nation’s largest wholesale onion market, Lasalgaon APMC, as most farmers did not join the auction. “Only 300 quintals was auctioned at Lasalgaon on Friday as against 15,000 quintals on Thursday,” a Lasalgaon APMC official said.
In Rajasthan, the Farmers staged protests and stopped trucks supplying vegetables and milk. in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Sikar, etc, the Farmers spilled milk on roads and highways.
In some other places, like, Chomu in Jaipur, they tried to forcefully shut the market.
Speaking to TOI over the phone, the member of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, Santveer Singh, said that the bandh was a success in northern Rajasthan.
In the In Madhya Pradesh, the first day of the strike passed off peacefully, except for stray scuffles. Though, vegetable supplies were hit badly with barely 30% of the daily need landing up at mandis in Bhopal, generate a price spike.
Protesters spilled 100 liters of milk on the road in Betul’s Kodaroti village, 180km south of Bhopal. The Sources added about some farmers were selling milk when a group of protesters came and forced them to throw their produce.
The farmers led by Doaba Kisan Sangharsh Committee, in Jalandhar of Punjab, went to the vegetable market and other places and told the farmers not to bring vegetables, fodder or milk to the city till 10th July.
They also visited the Verka Milk Plant and told those bringing milk there not to bring it from Saturday.