Farmers

Rajya Sabha passes two Farm Bills amidst protests

On 20th September,  the Rajya Sabha passed The Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

The bills were passed through a voice vote even as members of the opposition were under heavy protest. The members of the opposition threw papers and even broke the chairman’s’ mike in dissent of the passing of the two main farm bills.

The Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 allows farmers to sell their produce anywhere (in any state/district or even electronically), ending the monopoly of traders. While the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 allows farmers to tie up with large companies, and fix prices with them for farming.

Farmers have been protesting against these bills as they feel that these bills favour big corporates and will give them the leverage to exploit the farmers with corporate farming. The Bill to sell produce anywhere does not include APMC Mandis and without the protection of these APMC mandis, the farmers fear that the big companies will have an advantage.

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