Monday, May 20, 2024

Modi speaks on Farm Acts: ‘We don’t want walls, we want bridges’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reaffirmed his commitment to the agriculture reforms and said “we are bridging the gaps in the sector that will provide new markets and opportunities to farmers and attract investments.”

While speaking at the 93rd annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), PM Modi championed the ongoing reforms and said these will open new avenues in front of the farmers. “We had seen walls between the agriculture sector and other areas associated with it – be it agriculture infrastructure, food processing, storage, or cold chain. We don’t want walls. We want bridges. All walls and obstacles are being removed now. After reforms, farmers will get new markets, options, and more benefits of technology. This, in turn, will bring in more investment,”

He further mentioned that the farm reforms will benefits farmers the most. “Today, farmers of India can sell their produce both at the mandis, as well as outside. Farmers can also sell their produce on digital platforms. We’re taking all these initiatives to increase the farmers’ income and make them more prosperous,” the Prime Minister added.

His comments come at a time when thousands of protesters have laid siege to Delhi demanding an immediate withdrawal of the farm laws as they fear the new laws will corporatize farming and will benefit corporates at the cost of farmers.

On December 7, Modi had said that reforms are needed for development and some old laws have become a “burden”. Last month, the prime minister had said that agricultural reforms brought new opportunities to farmers as new rights were accorded to them. He added that the Parliament passed the farm ordinances after a “rigorous brainstorming”.

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