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Farmers' protests spotlight worsening agrarian crisis in India

Thousands of farmers across eight Indian states, mostly ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), began their 10-day protest last Friday to press demands such as farm loan waivers and higher prices for produce such as cereals, oilseeds and milk.

The farmers have also restricted supplies of vegetable and milk to the cities' markets, causing prices to jump in some places.

Millions of India's mostly small-scale farmers have been squeezed by falling prices for their crops and the rising transportation and storage costs.

In recent days, farmers blocked highways in some places and poured milk onto roads. In Meerut city, in northern Uttar Pradesh state, and adjoining towns, potato farmers recently dumped their produce on various roads and highways to protest against falling prices.

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