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Farmers protest: Agri minister to meet unions shortly; here is what's expected

Updated : December 01, 2020 02:21 PM IST

Farmer unions on Tuesday have decided to attend a meeting with the Centre as protesters continued their agitation at Delhi border points against the government's new farm laws. Small growers fear the new laws will make them vulnerable to competition from big business, and that they could eventually lose price supports for staples such as wheat and rice.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday had invited leaders of farmer unions to meet at 3 pm on Tuesday in Vigyan Bhawan.

The farmers’ protest has now entered day six.

MJ Khan, Chairman of Indian Chamber of Food & Agriculture in an interview to CNBC-TV18 said that the government so far has been trying to educate the farmers about the benefits of Farm Act.

“In all the meetings happened so far, what I could gather is that government was confined to explaining the benefits of these acts while farmers had more demands. So far the net result of all the meetings was the same – government stuck to its ground and farmers to their grounds,” he said.

However, Khan believes that today’s meeting will be crucial because of the pressure building upon the government and the protest constituencies expanding to include Uttar Pradesh and other belts as well.

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