Farmers Refuse to Back Down: A Look at MSP

Thousands of farmers have been protesting the center’s three farm laws — the farmers’ produce trade and commerce (promotion and facilitation), the farmers (empowerment and protection) agreement of price assurance, and farm services and the essential commodities (amendment). They are apprehensive that the laws would pave the way for dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

The centre allowed protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana to enter the capital and hold a protest demonstration at the nirankari ground after they refused to turn back despite the police using tear gas and water cannons. The government also extended an invitation for talks on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government is committed to provide a fair price to farmers through msp and government procurement will continue as before. Here is why it is an absolute necessity for farmers.

The farmers have opposed the three contentious farm laws that were enacted by the center on September 27. They have been demanding to repeal the farm laws, alleging that none of the stakeholders was consulted before the enactment of the laws. Their biggest fear is the end of minimum support prices procurement because of these laws. However, the centre has denied any uncertainty regarding msp. The centre has time and again asserted that the laws will transform the agriculture system in India and will let farmers sell their produce anywhere in the country.

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