Indian farmers under the aegis of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (National Farmers’ Union), have embarked on a 10-day nationwide strike in protest of what they termed ‘Unfair farming conditions.’
Farmers in western states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, northern states of Punjab and Haryana, and central state of Madhya Pradesh began the strike by launching village blockade agitation.
According to xinhuanet.com, the farmers are demanding better prices of farm produce, complete loan waiver, and payouts to small farmers to match their income, among other issues.
The footage on local TV channels, showed the farmers began the strike in several parts of Maharashtra, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh by spilling milk and wasting vegetables on the roads.
Sources say the nation’s Minister of Agriculture, Gauri Bisen has called for calm in Madhya Pradesh state, where violent farmer protests in 2017 led to the death of many in a police shoot-out.
Meanwhile, a police official told newsmen that the force has been put on high alert to avert any kind of violence that may ensue from the protest.