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On March 14th, farmers’ groups from across India will launch a nation-wide ‘MSP Satyagraha’ from Yadgir in poll-bound Karnataka and go to different ‘mandis’ (agri-markets) in several states over the next 11 days to check out whether farmers are actually getting MSP that they have been promised.

“The MSP Satyagraha is designed in true spirit of Gandhian Satyagraha for collective discovery of truth about MSP. Officials, activists and even media are invited to join it”, said Yogendra Yadav, president of the Swaraj India, while announcing plan of the farmers’ organisation here on Wednesday.

The MSP Satyagraha will be carried out by the Jai Kisan Andolan of Swaraj Abhiyan in collaboration with many other organizations from within the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) – an umbrella body of several farmer rights outfits.

The AIKSCC includes National Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM), Ryathu Joint Action Committee (Telangana) and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (Madhya Pradesh) among others.

“It is time to test this promise as the marketing season for Rabi crop 2018-19 has begun. An analysis of the marketing season of Kharif crop 2017-18 had demonstrated that the farmers were forced to sell much below MSP and had incurred a total loss of at least Rs 32,702 crores. It may be kept in mind that traditionally farmers losses is lower in Rabi marketing season then during kharif marketing season,” said Yadav.

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