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Thousands of farmers protest in Delhi, demand loan waiver

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

About 3,000 farmers associated with the Bharatiya Union and the All Coordination Committee of (AICCFM) today organised a 'mahapanchayat' at Parliament Street to demand loan waiver and introduction of pro-farmer policies.

According to a senior police officer, close to 3,000 farmers gathered at Parliament Street to protest against the "anti-farmer" policies of the government. In the afternoon, they were escorted by the police to meet to submit a memorandum of their demands.

They demanded that the minimum support price of all crops be declared and procurement of all crops guaranteed in the country besides a complete loan waiver.

They also demanded a ban on GM crops. The Bhartiya Union demanded that the cultivation of all GM crops, including GM Mustard, be banned and funding provided for the promotion of traditional farming, the BKU and the AICCFM said in a statement.

Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, had embarked on a 'Long March' from to on March 6 to press for their various demands, including proper implementation of the state government's loan waiver scheme.

They called off their stir yesterday after Chief Minister agreed to almost all their demands.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:50 IST