WATCH I Maharashtra farmers spill milk on highway, protest may hit supplies to Mumbai
Mumbai city news: Cities such as Mumbai and Pune are likely to face a shortage of vegetables, milk and fruits owing to the strikemumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2017 14:21 IST
Some farmers also opened the taps of tankers carrying milk in Goregaon in Nagar district to let it flow. Watch the protest, here
Cities such as Mumbai and Pune are likely to face a shortage of vegetables, milk and fruits as farmers from several districts in Maharashtra announced the strike after talks between chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and their representatives failed on Tuesday.
This is probably the first time farmers have resorted to a strike in the state. Distressed over falling prices of agriculture produce and other issues, farmers have demanded a loan waiver and the state government has sought time for deliberation on the issue.
Western Maharashtra is being seen as the region worst affected with the strike where milk tankers were emptied and vegetables were thrown on roads. According to reports, in Ahmednagar, Niphad and Sangamner farmers emptied milk tankers on roads wasting hundreds of litres of milk. Similarly, in Daund near Pune vegetables were thrown on roads.
Kisan Kranti Morcha has already declared they will forcefully stop those who don’t participate in the strike.
“We want to create shortage of milk and vegetables in the cities to pressurise the state government,” said Jayaji Suryavanshi, a member of the steering committee of the Morcha.
“We will also stop farmers from supplying agriculture produce to any city. We have made certain preparations to achieve this,” Suryavanshi said.