- These bills will give farmers the right to trade their produce freely anywhere
- Government said that the bills would change the agricultural sector. It will also increase the income of farmers.
- Farm bill will will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere.
Mumbai: Defending the farm bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that bills are not against farmers or agricultural mandis and will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere.
While inaugurating nine projects in Bihar through a video conferencing, PM Modi said, “These bills will give farmers the right to trade their produce freely anywhere. I want to make it clear that these bills are not against agricultural mandis.
Modi said, “Yesterday, two agricultural bills were passed in Parliament. I congratulate our farmers. This change in the field of farming is the need of the hour and our government has brought this reform for the farmers.”
Modi stressed that the changes are not against agricultural markets as the work done earlier will still be there. However, he said that the current system of selling products in the country, which used ‘hands and feet of farmers’, was being used by powerful gangs who were taking advantage of the farmers’ crisis.
“Now the farmers of the country will be able to easily store them in cold storage, large storage. When the legal storage problems go away, the cold storage network in our country will also develop, expand further,” he said.
The three bills that were passed are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.
The government said that the bills would change the agricultural sector. It will also increase the income of farmers, the center said.
Apart from this, the government had also promised double income of farmers by 2022 and the Center said that the bills will make farmers independent of government controlled markets and they will get a better price for their produce.