The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh-led 10-day nationwide agitation started by farmers on 1st June in different parts of the country entered its third day today. The protest, which seeks to demand loan waivers, the right price of crops, and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on farming, has been effectual in upsetting the vegetable and milk supply and in increasing vegetable prices as well.
As part of the movement, farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana took to roads and streets to raise slogans, throw vegetables, and even empty milk tanks on the roads. They have also stopped supplying milk, vegetables, and essential farm produce as part of the protest.
Aam Kisan Union chief Kedar Sirohi told the media persons: “The farmers are supporting the agitation in a big way because of which the supplies are not reaching the cities (from villages). The government is trying to break the protest but has failed.”
However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated the reason for the protest as a ‘non-issue’. “They don’t have any issue; they are just focusing on unnecessary things through this strike. Not selling produce will bring losses to the farmers only,” he said.
Meanwhile, the consequential price swell has managed to touch markets in the Capital as well. According to a report, vegetable prices in Delhi have gone up by 10 points. On the last day of the 10-day protest, which is on 10th June, the farmers’ bodies will organize a ‘Bharat Bandh’.