Shetakari Sanghatana activists on Thursday held demonstrations in various areas in the southern Maharashtra region, demanding better price for sugarcane. All sugar mills in the region are closed and police pickets posted.

Three farmers’ organisations have come together to pursue the demand and not to allow crushing in the sugar mills unless their demand for payment of first instalment for cane is conceded by the mills. Shetakari Sanghatana leader Radhanathdada Patil said the Chief Minister should take the initiative to hold discussions with the three organisations to sort out the issue.