Indian farmers' union evaluates government proposal

The proposal addresses minimum support prices for all produce
calendar icon 8 December 2021
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Tens of thousands of farmers have staged long-running protests to persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal three new agriculture laws from late 2020, reported Reuters.

Last month, Modi made a surprise u-turn, saying he would roll them back.

Despite Modi's climbdown, farmers have continued to press the government to meet other demands such as Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all produce.

"We're going to meet tomorrow to go through the proposal of the government before taking a call on our future course of action," said Yudhvir Singh, a senior leader of Samyukta Kisan Morcha, or United Farmers' Front, a coalition of farmers unions.

At present, the government mainly buys rice and wheat at MSPs, which benefits barely 6% of India's millions of farmers.

Other farmers' demands outstanding include retracting legal cases filed against the protesting growers and compensation for the families of those who died during the protests.

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