Yavatmal (PTI): Former union minister and veteran freedom fighter Mohan Dharia has demanded agriculture loan waiver for the farmers in Maharashtra.
Addressing a farmers rally at a sit-in programme in front of the district collectors office, he said the demand is not to save only farmers but the entire nation.
If the producers of foodgrain are forced to commit suicide, how can the nation survive? Dharia said.
The farmers are to be put on strong financial footing by introducing sustainable agriculture policies and that alone can save this country, he added.
Dharia said if the demand was not met with by February 28 the agitation would be intensified and launched nationwide.
The protest was organised under the joint auspices of the Vidarbha Pradesh Vikas Parishad led by sitting MP and NCP leader Datta Meghe and Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti led by Kishore Tiwari.
Farmers leaders Vijay Jawandiya (Wardha), Chandrakant Wankhede, Vijay More (Baranmati), Sunil Shinde and others were present.A delegation led by Dharia later met the district collector and submitted a memorandum of demands.