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Maharashtra farmers' strike: Why a bountiful harvest drove them to anger

Indian arms are now among the world's smallest and too many people are dependent on shrinking farms

Prachi Salve Alison Saldanha & Vipul Vivek | IndiaSpend 

A plentiful harvest in 2016 and imports drive some prices down 63%. A shortage of cash because of demonetisation.

Despite Rs 3.5 lakh crore–enough to build 545 Tehri-sized dams–invested over six decades to 2011, more than half of all farms depend on rains. These are the three factors agitating Indians who depend on farming–90 million families, or 54.6% of India’s 1.2 billion people. As anger sweeps rural Madhya Pradesh after the death of six farmers in police firing, farm protests roil rural Maharashtra–wholesale markets are shut, produce is being dumped ...

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