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Prices decline, supply improves on Day 6 of waning farmers’ strike

As normalcy returns to Pune’s Market Yard with sufficient supply of commodities, farmers’ outfits like Swabhimani Shetakari Sanghatana and others to meet on Thursday to devise new strategy for the bandh. Nashik, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar districts still remain worst-affected districts due to the strike.

pune Updated: Jun 11, 2017 21:47 IST
HT Correspondent
Trucks carrying vegetables and fruits arrive at the Pune market on Tuesday.
Trucks carrying vegetables and fruits arrive at the Pune market on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)

Prices of vegetables and fruits started declining with improved supply in Pune and other major cities of the state even as the six-day-old farmers’ strike continued wane, especially in the cities. The farmers’ outfits have decided to hold a meeting of the steering committee on Thursday to decide the further course of action. 

The new steering committee comprising Swabhimani Shetakari Sanghatana president Raju Shetti, legislator Bacchu Kadu, agriculture expert Budhajirao Mulik and others, will meet in Nashik to decide on the future of the agitation.

While the farmers’ outfits claimed that the agitation was a success, major cities like Pune, Satara, and Sangli were largely unaffected. In Pune, 657 vehicles carrying vegetables and fruits reached the Market Yard, said officials of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). “The supply on Tuesday is almost 50% of the normal,” said officials. According to retailers, most fruits and vegetables witnessed fall in their prices given the improved supply since Sunday. “The prices of vegetables have come down by 70% from what they were four days ago, when the farmers’ agitation was at its peak,” said Vilas Bhujbal, wholesale vegetable trader. 

The new steering committee comprising Swabhimani Shetakari Sanghatana president Raju Shetti, legislator Bacchu Kadu, agriculture expert Budhajirao Mulik and others, will meet in Nashik to decide on the future of the agitation.

Unless government waives off total loan, the strike will not be called off, said agriculture expert Budhajirao Mulik. Speaking to reporters in Pune on Tuesday, Mulik, who is a part of 21-member steering committee which is to lead the agitation, said government should immediately waive off loan if they want farmers to withdraw the strike.

While the farmers’ outfits claimed that the agitation was a success, major cities like Pune, Satara, and Sangli were largely unaffected. In Pune, 657 vehicles carrying vegetables and fruits reached the Market Yard, said officials of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). “The supply on Tuesday is almost 50% of the normal,” said officials. According to retailers, most fruits and vegetables witnessed fall in their prices given the improved supply since Sunday. “The prices of vegetables have come down by 70% from what they were four days ago, when the farmers’ agitation was at its peak,” said Vilas Bhujbal, wholesale vegetable trader. 

Dilip Khaire, chairman of Pune market yard committee, said that farmers want to get their farm produce into the market but because of some miscreants who indulge in violence, they are afraid of going ahead. “We are assuring the farmers. The government will provide necessary security,” said Khaire. 

Monday’s state-wide bandh by farmers, despite a loan waiver announcement by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, did not evoke any response in major cities though rural areas were badly hit by the protests. 

In Pune, 339 vehicles carrying fruits and vegetables arrived in the morning on Tuesday, bringing down the prices by 20%, said officials of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee. The rates fell on Sunday when the inflow of vegetables and fruits at the Market Yard went up by 81% with over 900 vehicles arriving in the day. 

The intensity of the bandh in Nashik, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar districts was high as the farmers’ organisations did not allow vendors to carry out any business in the morning hours. In Rahuri in Ahmednagar district, protestors even set fire to a tanker carrying milk on Sunday. The farmers organised road blocks (rasta roko) at the Pune-Bengaluru highway, paralysing traffic near Kolhapur.