Highlights:

  • The union agriculture minister added that the government is committed to the welfare of the farmers
  • He affirmed that PM Modi has decided to form a committee to supervise issues related to zero budget farming, MSP, and crop diversification
  • The farmers were protesting against farm laws at the New Delhi borders since November 2020

The Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar expressed that the decision to repeal farm laws had been taken because the government failed to explain the advantages of the laws to the protesting farmers.

Narendra Singh Tomar voiced, “The prime minister had brought the three bills that were passed by the Parliament. They would have benefited farmers. The prime minister’s clear intention was to bring revolutionary changes in the lives of farmers. But I am pained that we failed to explain benefits to some farmers of the nations.”

The union agriculture minister added that the government is committed to the welfare of the farmers and the development of the agricultural sector. He affirmed that the prime minister has decided to form a committee to supervise issues related to zero budget farming, minimum support price (MSP), and crop diversification. The committee will involve representatives from the center and state government as well as farmers, agricultural scientists, and economists.

The three farm laws that are to be repealed are: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act. The farmers have been protesting against these laws at the New Delhi borders since November 2020, stating that if it is implemented it will leave them at the mercy of the big businesses.

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