Home News Economics Thousands of Indian farmers protest in Mumbai asking for government support

Thousands of Indian farmers protest in Mumbai asking for government support

Indian farmers protest

Share This On Social

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers from western state of Maharashtra have ended their protest and arrived in Mumbai to insist that they will be granted loans and at fair prices for their production. For years, the Indian agricultural sector suffered a drop in revenues and farmers rely of loans and credits to continue working, keeping the jobs in the agriculture sector.
Tens of thousands of protesters, including children, women and the elderly, had converged in the state capital, Mumbai, after walking 167 km from Nashik district. It took them six days to reach Azad Maidan – a ground that is frequently used for protests and concerts – in the early hours of Monday.
The protest was led by a national farmers’ organisation affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Failed harvests force poor farmers to borrow money at high interest rates for buying seeds, fertilizers and even food for their cattle. They often mortgage their lands and, as borrowings mount, many are driven to suicide.
More than 1.3 million people are employed in Indian agriculture sector, but their income has fallen in recent years and currently accounts for only 15% of the country’s gross domestic product.