Farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been facing an acute fertiliser crisis amid the peak harvesting season. With patience running short, some of them staged a road blockade, while some others resorted to looting bags of fertiliser after demand exceeded supply at a local market in Morena, the home district of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Adding to the plight, they then had to face lathis weilded by police, who resorted to the extreme measure to control the crowd. All of this was captured in videos.
As several parts in the state are facing the crunch, Bhind and Morena have been witnessing daily protests from the farmers.
In Bhind, the farmers blocked the national highway on two occasions in the last one week. Visuals from Morena showed a stampede-like situation outside a cooperative society where farmers were queued up to get their quota of fertiliser. Police were seen lathi-charging the farmers crammed in the long queues.
Meanwhile, the state agriculture minister, Kamal Patel has claimed there is no shortage of fertiliser in the state and that the Congress party was trying to fuel unrest. He said farmers are getting fertilisers but there are some who are “buying more than what they need”. He also blamed Congress for politicising the issue.