Maharashtra farmers spill milk in protest over loan waiver in Shirdi
Farmers from several villages across Maharashtra have gone an indefinite strike. Milk was spilled on the road in Shirdi to mark the protest over loan waiver. Their main demands are loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Commitee report, which suggests fair price for all the agricultural products. This is probably the first time that farmers are going on a strike in the state.If the strike continues beyond two-three days, the supply of milk, vegetables and fruits is likely to be affected in Mumbai and other parts of the state, said the traders from the agricultural produce market committees (APMC). Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met the delegation of the farmers who are leading this strike. However, after a three-hour-long meeting, the farmers were still not convinced and decided to go ahead with the strike. Rising debt and falling prices of the produce is not helping them in anyway. "Farming is increasingly becoming loss making and the state government is not doing anything about it. There is no help for a farmer," said Dhorde farmer leader.