Pune: The farmers’ agitation continues and the supporters of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) claimed that they were successful in keeping Baramati, Daund, Indapur, Purandar, Bhor markets closed on Wednesday. However, the supply to Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Market Yard run by Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) was normalised and prices of vegetables that had skyrocketed due farmers’ strike limped back to normal.
In other parts of the state like Parbhani, Latur, Sangli, the supporters of SSS were detained while attempting to lock up the houses of public representatives, said Advocate Yogesh Pande, spokesperson of SSS. Rajendra Dhavan Patil of Pune District Chief of SSS told Sakal Times that the public representatives staying in rural parts of the district have supported farmers’ agitation and they were spared from the agitation on Wednesday. Dhavan Patil added that the markets at Baramati, Daund, Purandar, Bhor remained closed. However, the information shared by Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation (MSCMF) did not confirm this.
Meanwhile, Market Yard recorded 31,971 quintal supplies which is 93 per cent of average supplies. The average supply of vegetable and fruits is 34,387 quintals. Dilip Khaire, Chief of APMC told Sakal Times that 1,462 vehicles including trucks, tempos and jeeps arrived at Market Yard.
Shivlal Bhosale, Chairman, Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard Commission Agents Association, said that despite the supply being regularised, there was a low response from consumers.
The statistics provided by MSCMF said that in the state, 4 APMCs remained closed for operations. As per the information provided by the federation in Pune district, all 12 sub-markets were open.
According to MSCMF, there was 20 per cent less supply to Pune district. While in Nashik district, 17 markets remained open for operations. However, the supply fell to just 2 per cent on Tuesday.