Farmer's organizations and apple growers, under the banner of Samyukta Kisan Manch (SKM), demonstrated at multiple locations in Himachal Pradesh and sought GST rate cut on boxes used for apple packaging. They alleged that the neglect of farmers and gardeners, especially apple growers, by the government has created a crisis in the economy.
Apple growers, demanding restoration of subsidies on chemicals-based fungicides, insecticides and fertilizers, held demonstrations in Rohru, Theog, Kotkhai, Narkanda, Rampur, Nirmand, Ani, Kinnaur, Mandi and Shimla on Wednesday.
The SKM has also threatened a bigger protests outside the state secretariat on August 5. The farmer's umbrella organization alleged that the farmers are not getting the proper price for their produce due to the policies of the state government. They also demanded for implementation of the MIS scheme for the apples on the pattern of Kashmir.