Govt ready for more talks, urge farmers to consider govt proposal: Agriculture Minister

Addressing media, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the government wanted to liberate the farmers of the shackles of mandi so that they could sell their produce anywhere, to anyone, at his own price, outside the purview of mandi.

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Narendra Singh Tomar - Agriculture Minister

New Delhi: Amid the impasse between farmers and government over farm laws, the Centre today said that the farm reforms have been brought forth keeping in mind the best interests of the farmers.

Addressing media, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the government wanted to liberate the farmers of the shackles of mandi so that they could sell their produce anywhere, to anyone, at his own price, outside the purview of mandi.

He said, government expressed that it is ready for open-minded discussions on provisions they have objections against. He said, Centre tried to explain to the farmers that laws do not affect APMCs or MSP. He said they sent proposals to allay concerns over MSP and APMCs but farmers’ leaders rejected them.

The Minister said, the government kept waiting for suggestions from farmers’ leaders to address their concerns, but they are stuck on repeal of laws.
Tomar reassured that the land of farmers will not be occupied by industrialists. He pointed out that contract farming has been going on for long in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka but there has never been such experience.

He said, the government has already made provisions that agreement under these laws will only be between processors and farmers’ produce and there is no provision for any lease or agreement over farmers’ land.

Mr Goyal said, the government has very categorically made clear that state procurement by the government will continue at MSP. He said, this should completely dispel any falsehood that is being propagated.

The Minister’s address is allaying apprehensions of farmers and reiterated government’s commitment to their welfare.

LIVE UPDATES:

# If the processor doesn’t do it, then the owner of that infrastructure will be the farmer himself. This has been provided in the law: Narendra Singh Tomar
# Law provides that if farmer and processor enter into an agreement and the type of crops is such that some infrastructure has to be set up on the farmer’s land, then the processor will dismantle his infrastructure from there after the agreement concludes: Agri Minister
# The entire country has witnessed that Swaminathan Commission report came in 2006, the recommendation about MSP at 1.5 times cost of production remained pending till Modi government implemented it: Union Agriculture Minister
# Still, we have already made provision in the Act that agreement under these laws will only be between processors and farmers’ produce. There is no provision for any lease or agreement over farmers’ land: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

# It is being projected that the land of farmers will be occupied by industrialists. Contract farming has been going on for long in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka but there has never been such experience: Tomar

# During the talks, many said that farm laws are invalid as agriculture is State subject and Centre can’t frame these laws. We clarified, we have the right to make laws on trade and explained it to them. APMC & MSP are not affected by it: Tomar

# We sent a proposal to farmers. They wanted these laws to be repealed. We are of the stand that govt is ready for open-minded discussions on provisions they have an objection against. Laws don’t affect APMCs or MSP. We tried to explain this to farmers: Agriculture Minister

# The government wanted to liberate the farmers of the shackles of mandi so that they could sell their produce anywhere, to anyone, at his own price, outside the purview of mandi: Tomar

# Such incidents are rising, this has reached to such an extent that stone pelting is being done on the convoy of BJP national president who has been provided security. This is being ignored by the state govt. We condemn this attack: Tomar

 

 

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