Farmers Dump Tonnes of Tomatoes During Protest at Nagpur-Mumbai Highway

Protesting towards poor procurement charges of wholesalers, farmers in Aurangabad district dumped tomatoes on the aspect of the Nagpur-Mumbai Highway on Thursday, police stated. Farmers from Gangapur taluka of Aurangabad district arrived at Lasur station within the morning with tractor trolleys laden with tomatoes and dumped the produce on the aspect of the freeway, an official stated. “Farmers came with two to three tractor-trolleys carrying tomatoes and agitated at Lasur station. They dumped the produce on the side of the highway. Vehicle movement remained uninterrupted during this time,” assistant police inspector Ravindra Khandekar, in-charge of Shillegaon police station stated.

The cultivators staged the protest to demand higher procurement charges from wholesalers. “Tomatoes are being brought by wholesalers for Rs 100 per crate, which is nearly 25 kg. This is a huge loss. If the rate is close to Rs 300 per crate, then it is a no profit and no loss matter for us,” Ravindra Chavan, deputy sarpanch of Dhamori Khurd village in Gangapur stated.

The state authorities ought to look into the matter and if the charges come down additional, the federal government ought to compensate to make up for losses, he added.

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