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Unaffected by New Laws, Maharashtra Farmers Look At Losses | India News

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NAGPUR: While the farmers of Punjab and Haryana are up in arms against the central government, the farmers of Maharashtra, the state known for the agrarian crisis, remain indifferent. Activists say that although this is one of the worst years for farmers here, the dynamics in Maharashtra are different compared to northern states, so the new farm laws may not have an immediate impact.
Rates of cotton and soybeans, the region’s main crops, have improved but farmers have suffered losses in both, activists say. Farmers in Punjab and Haryana grow mainly wheat and rice, for which they depend on the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for purchase from MSP. They fear that the dilution of the MSP under new laws will hamper their interests.
Farmers in the state, including Vidarbha, have long been exposed to private traders. MSP’s intervention has happened only when and when necessary, observers said.
The state government has deferred the implementation of the three agricultural laws that allow the sale of agricultural products outside the APMC and contract farming, in addition to removing staples such as grains, legumes, onions and potatoes from the list of essential commodities.
The Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has also started buying from MSP in Vidarbha and the cotton growing parts. Soybean rates are also above MSP. Regardless, it is a difficult year for farmers, activists say. “Cotton and soybean rates have improved only due to low production. Soy production has fallen below half of last year’s average, as has cotton, ”said Shetkari Sangathana veteran Vijay Jawandhia.
Former MP Raju Shetti said protests were held in all districts this month. “The new farm laws may not have an immediate impact on farmers here, but they will certainly affect them in the long term,” he said.

Times of India

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