19:39 GMT26 February 2021
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    Ever since the Prime Minister Narendra-Modi led National Democratic Alliance government passed the three farms laws last September, they have faced protests and criticism from opposition parties and farmers' unions. Since then, farmers have blocked railway tracks and taken to the roads to express their anger.

    ​Speaking to media, national president of AIKS Dr Ashok Dhawale said that this march is being held to support and expand the historic two-month-long farmers struggle in Delhi.

    "Several hundreds are also reaching the famous Azad Maidan in Mumbai from villages across Maharashtra today to begin a three-day sit-in. On Monday, a massive rally will head to Raj Bhavan, where a memorandum will be submitted to the governor," he said.

    Over the last 60 days - since 26 November 2020 - farmers have been protesting on the outskirts of the national capital Delhi and have blocked roads in India's Uttar Pradesh and Haryana states. They are demanding a complete rollback of the recently-passed laws by the Narendra Modi government.

    They are protesting against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020.

    According to the government, the laws allow farmers to sell their produce at places other from their designated APMC market. They also aim at allowing contract farming under which they can enter into supply agreements with private firms for remunerative and pre-decided prices.

    Farmers believe that the new laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system (MSP) of the their produce, leaving them at the mercy of agribusiness giants.


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