Farmers from several districts of Maharashtra went on an indefinite strike from June 1 demanding loan waiver. According to media reports, the farmers are distressed over falling prices of agriculture produce and they want the state government of Maharastra to implement a loan waiver similar to the action that was taken by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the farmers of his state. The supply of milk and vegetables has been hit just after day 1 of the farmers strike. According to a report in the Indian Express, major cities like Pune and Mumbai have been hit by this strike by the members of the Kisan Kranti, a state-level coordination committee of various farmers. Day 1 of the strike predicted a rise in the prices of fruits, vegetables and milk in the cities if the strike continues as eventually, the current supply will run dry.
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According to reports, the wholesale markets in the city of Mumbai and Pune witnessed a sharp dip in the arrival of fruits and veggies of the first day of the strike. Along with the fruit and vegetable markets, dairies across the state also experienced a fall in the procurement of the milk produce. Managing Director of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), R S Sodhi while talking about the day 1 of the farmers strike in Maharashtra said, “We procure around 10 lakh liters from the state and the procurement was less today. In many places, the tankers were stopped.” He further added, “We shall be transporting milk under police protection to Mumbai, but procurement has been hit.”
State Minister for Agriculture and Marketing, Sadashiv Khot while talking about the strike said that it was politically motivated and also that it is being instigated by ‘people who have failed in their political career.’ Yogesh Rayate, the state level coordinator of Kisan Kranti while talking about the strike said that all they wanted was complete loan waiver of the farmers and also the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee’s recommendation about fixing of agricultural produce, according to the IE report. He further said, “As the state government failed to respond to our demands, we had no other option but to go on strike.”