Maharashtra Farmers Spill Milk To Protest Prices, Centre's Import Of Powder
Farmers organisations across Maharashtra are protesting low procurement rates of co-operative and private dairies. The protests, gathered under the leadership of the All India Kisan Sabha, saw thousands of dairy farmers marching in around 20 districts.
In Palghar, farmers distributed free milk to poor people and also spilled it on roads as a sign of dissent.
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has released a statement in which they listed several demands, including asking the centre to withdraw a notification clearing import of milk and milk products from the United States in exchange for export of generic medicines.
The demands also include:
"The agitation has now begun. Farmers across villages are gathering and participating in the protest," said Ajit Navale, the AIKS General Secretary said, adding, "As a mark of protest, we are pouring milk on road and also tying cattle near the office of gram panchayats".
The opposition in the state has also joined the protests.