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Farmers Are On Road…

Leaving the farm, farmers are on road. On road to protest. Why the protest? Two farm bills are the base of their protest and movement. The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. These are the key factors of the protest. The APMC mandi system has developed very well as every mandi caters to 200-300 villages. But the new ordinance has confined the mandis to their physical boundaries. Farmers alleged that the Central Government wanted to sell the commodities to the corporate houses and demanded that the right price should have been given to the farmers instead. They also demands the government should enact laws on the support price. This can stop excessive exploitation of farmers by middlemen and companies, and this step will increase the income of farmers. Crop purchases below the support price should be classified as a crime. Due to these laws, farmers are in danger of becoming captive to companies. Law control, free marketing, storage, import-export, is not in the interest of farmers, saying farmers. farmer leaders believe that the intention behind bringing in this ordinance is for the recommendations of Shanta Kumar’s High Level Committee be implemented said where committee said that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) should give the responsibility of food preservation to the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. It is being said that the Centre is trying to wash its hands off purchase and storage.

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