Vegetable prices soar on Day 3 of farmers’ protest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 08:27:46



The protest was called ahead of the first anniversary of the death of several farmers in police firing in Mandsaur on June 6, 2017

A 10-day nation-wide protest called by farmer outfits entered its third day on Sunday in Madhya Pradesh, affecting vegetable and milk supply which in turn increased the vegetable prices.

There were no reports of violence during the “Gaon Bandh” (rural shutdown) which the farmers started on Friday demanding loan waiver, higher prices for their produce and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on farming. Vegetables were sold at some places under police protection.

Aam Kisan Union chief Kedar Sirohi told IANS: “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.”
The protest was called ahead of the first anniversary of the death of several farmers in police firing in the state’s Mandsaur (on June 6, 2017).

Meanwhile, farmers in Punjab and Haryana continued to dump their produce on roads as a mark of their protest, while vegetable prices soared in several cities of the two States. Prices of vegetables and other items have soared in the wake of dwindling supplies of farm produce, traders said. The farmers, instead of supplying their produce to madis, are dumping them on roads to make their displeasure clear. At several places in Punjab and Haryana, including Ludhiana, Moga, Muktsar, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad and Sonipat, they held protests.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said protesting against the government “will not serve any purpose”.
“We have always been listening to farmers and we have come up with so many schemes and programmes for the welfare of peasants. Be it schemes related to crop compensation, crop insurance or shielding the farmers from price fluctuations or schemes related to irrigation, we have launched many initiatives for their welfare,” Khattar told reporters.

He said farmers would never forgive “those who force them to throw their vegetables and spill the milk on the roads”. “Those who are misguiding farmers into doing so are their biggest enemies,” he said, adding that vegetables, fruits and milk were produced after tremendous hard work by farmers.