India: Farmers reject government proposal and continue protests over minimum price

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Published Feb 21, 2024

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Indian farmers have turned down a government proposal for a five-year contract with set prices for five crops, demanding a law that ensures minimum prices for 23 crops instead. Protest leader, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, stated that the proposal was not in the farmers' best interest. The farmers, who began their protests last week, intend to continue their march to New Delhi. This mirrors a 2021 movement against agricultural laws, which were ultimately repealed by the government.
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New Delhi, 02/20/2024 - Indian farmers have rejected the government's proposal for a five-year contract with guaranteed prices for five products, including pulses, maize and cotton. Producers have been protesting since last week demanding a law that guarantees minimum prices for 23 crops, in order to stabilize their income. The proposal made on Sunday (18) "is not in the interest of farmers", Jagjit Singh Dallewal, one of the protest leaders, told the Press Trust of India agency. He added that the protesters will resume their march to New Delhi tomorrow (21). Rural producers began protests last week, but efforts to reach the capital were interrupted by authorities, who blocked access roads with cement blocks, containers, barbed wire and iron stakes. "We appeal to the government to resolve our issues or remove the barricades and allow us to proceed to Delhi to protest peacefully," Dallewal said. The protests renewed a movement that began in 2021, in which thousands of farmers stood ...
Source: Broadcast
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