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Farmers not totally conscious of agriculture legal guidelines: survey

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Farmers block rail tracks near Multania during their agitation over new farm laws, in Bathinda, Thursday. — PTI photo

Chennai: Whereas greater than half of the farmers oppose the brand new agri legal guidelines, each supporting and opposing farmers usually are not totally conscious of the legal guidelines, finds a survey.

A face-to-face survey performed by Gaon >Connection in 53 districts of 16 states to search out farmers’ notion of the brand new legal guidelines discovered that each second respondent opposed the three legal guidelines, whereas 35 per cent farmers supported these acts.

 

Of the 52 per cent opposing the legal guidelines, over 36 per cent weren’t knowledgeable in regards to the particulars of those legal guidelines. Equally, of the 35 per cent supporting them, virtually 18 per cent weren’t knowledgeable about them.

The survey discovered that general 67 per cent farmer respondents have been conscious of the current three agricultural legal guidelines. In the meantime, two-third was conscious in regards to the current farmers’ protest within the nation. Consciousness about such protests was extra among the many farmers within the north-west area (91 per cent), which incorporates the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Least consciousness was reported within the east area (West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh) the place lower than half (46 per cent) have been aware of current farmers’ protest.

 

The largest concern of those new agri legal guidelines among the many respondent farmers (57 per cent) is that they’ll now be compelled to promote their crop produce at a cheaper price within the open market, whereas 33 per cent farmers concern the federal government will finish the system of minimal assist worth (MSP).

As many as 46 per cent respondent farmers stated they thought the three payments will result in massive corporates/personal corporations exploiting farmers. Additional, 39 per cent respondents felt that due to the brand new agricultural legal guidelines, the mandi system/APMC will collapse within the nation.

 

For 36 per cent sarkari mandi/APMC is probably the most most well-liked medium of promoting and the biggest proportion of farmers within the northwest area (78 per cent) desire promoting to those mandis. The Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement of Value Assurance and Farm Companies Act, 2020, offers farmers the fitting to enter right into a contract with agribusiness corporations, processors, wholesalers, exporters, or massive retailers for the sale of future farming produce at a pre-agreed worth. Additional, The Important Commodities (Modification) Act, 2020, is supposed to take away commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potato from the checklist of important commodities and cast off the imposition of inventory holding limits.

 

Additional, 59 per cent respondent farmers need the MSP system to be made a compulsory legislation in India. An even bigger proportion of marginal and small farmers, who personal lower than 5 acres of land , assist these agri legal guidelines compared to medium and enormous farmers.

Solely 51 per cent stated farming was worthwhile and fewer 34 per cent need their baby to develop into a farmer.