Farming protests in India end, despite government’s low price policies

A year after beginning a yearlong strike, farmers in India have ended their strike. Protesters in the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh called the end of the strike over decisions by government agencies to buy a small part of their produce as compared to their expectations.

Farmers from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh launched their protest last year after the Central government announced in its annual budget that it would pay 50 percent of the retail value of their produce, rather than the current compensation of 1 percent.

The price of farming in India has been depressed due to the restrictions set on selling produce at fair prices in the country. On the other hand, the United States of America, where farming is prevalent, regulates the sale of their produce at higher rates. India, however, looks the other way.

Suresh Prabhu, India’s new minister of railways, said he will bring the government into discussions for greater emphasis on farmer rights, in an interview with NDTV on Monday.

A protest over farmer rights continues. No payments for farmers in India who were rejected over claims for R20 lakhs. Inflation after all this is rampant for them. Why not enforce a bill for all poor-people to get salary/allowance for food etc? It is the most unorganised sector in our country. Help us instigate MARD to take up this as their mission for Jan 4. Help our young people fight the system to their death. — Vir Sanghvi (@viral_sanghvi) January 29, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi still has his work cut out to convince people that he truly cares about their plight. Previous attempts to alleviate poverty have failed, in part, because a major part of the population in India does not own or work in farms.

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