Warkaris raise farmers’ problems and loan issue
According to the warkaris the government started giving loans to the farmers because there were cases of suicide in many parts of the State.
PUNE: Even after the government is providing loans to farmers for agricultural purposes, the farmers are unhappy with the government. According to the warkaris - the devotees who come from various villages of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and participate in the annual procession of Palkhi, the government started giving loans to the farmers because there were cases of suicide. However, even after giving farmers the loans, it is not sufficient and they have to do something or the other to pay it off.
Jagannath Adhate, a farmer and warkari from Sangli, said, “Right now, the government is giving us Rs 40,000 for one acre but we want at least Rs 60,000.”
Suresh Mane, a farmer and warkari, said, “We are illiterate people so other than farming, we are into nothing and farming is our only option to earn money. And sometimes, we have to mortgage our lands so that our children get a proper education. But to wave that off, the government is not providing enough to us.”
Jagdish Pawar, another farmer and warkari, said, “Just because we are not strong enough to fight with the government, our voices and problems are not being heard. We are unhappy with the government’s policies on providing the loan.”