In Maharashtra, demand grows for a minimum support price for all farm produce
In a year when Maharashtra's agriculture sector recorded a growth of 12.5%, a look at why farmers in regions as distantly located as Nashik and Wardha are up in arms
Ahmedabad/Nashik/Warda (Maharashtra): Rajendra Borgude, 42, is a prosperous farmer half of whose 50 acre-irrigated farmland goes under grape cultivation. He drives a Nissan Terrano and was able to get a crop loan of Rs12 lakh from Nashik District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) in 2016. In the first week of June, Borgude led the angry farmers in Naitale in blocking roads, throwing milk and farm produce on streets, and bringing agriculture markets in the area to a halt—part farmers’ strike in Maharashtra from 1-12 June.