ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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KERALA-Environment of Silent Valley

to start agitating for an independent Saurashtra and calls for 'village bandhs'. (Saurashtra produces almost all of Gujarat's groundnuts and accounts for nearly half of the country's output.) The demands at farmers' rallies in various parts of the state were; no compulsory levy on farmers, no levy on millers, remove restrictions on the movement of groundnut outside the state and return stocks of oil seized in the August raids. In Rajkot a Saurashtra bandh at some future date was discussed and it was decided to set up 'non-political' committees at district and taluka level to see this through. The trade in Rajkot began to express loud fears that at the 'voluntary' levy price of Rs 110 per 16 kg tin millers would not be able to offer farmers more than Rs. 60 per 20 kgs of groundnuts (compared to Rs 70 per 20 kgs earlier), They warned that farmers would refuse to sell at this low price and oil production would come to a halt.

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