Thursday, June 1, 2017

Vegetable supply deadlock may hit Mumbai, Pune


PUNE: Residents in India’s commercial capital might need to ration their dinner portions as talks between farmers and the state on loan waivers and farmgate prices remained deadlocked, prompting producers to halt supplies of vegetables and dairy to the city from Thursday. 

Mumbai and Pune are among the cities likely to be hit by the strike after the farmers failed to secure their demands from the Maharashtra government on the waiver of loans and remunerative prices, as recommended by the S by the Swaminathan Commission.

Jeevan Karhade belongs to Puntamba village that first passed the resolution to go on strike. The leaderless movement, being supported by various local groups of farmers, and some farmer organisations, also seeks full subsidies for micro-irrigation systems, free supply of electricity for agriculture for 8 hours a day, price of `50/litre for milk, and pension for farmers aged 60 and above. 

Sanjay Sawant, a progressive farmer from Narayangaon near Pune, a prominent hub supplying tomatoes and other vegetables to Mumbai and other states, said: “Farmers from our area will participate in this strike and we will not sell any vegetables.” However, panic harvesting of tomatoes by farmers pulled the prices down from Rs 10/kg to Rs 3/kg in the wholesale market of Narayangaon. Traders from the Vashi market in Navi Mumbai are not worried much about disruption in supplies.


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