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Protest Against Agricultural Ordinances

  Sep 15, 2020

Protest Against Agricultural Ordinances

Q. Why in News ? 

A. Farmer organisations in Haryana  and Punjab are holding protests against agricultural ordinances promulgated recently. 

Their target is three central laws promulgated through ordinances on June 5 2020 : 

1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 

2. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, and 

3. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020

Q. What is this first ordinance about for which there are widespread protests ?

A. Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020

Background 

Q. What might be benefits of Ordinance?

Q. What is its significance?

Q. So, what’s fuelling the protests?

A. There are two drivers. 

Q. Is there a way out?

A. As the reaction to the ordinances has not been uniform. Leaders believe farmers will benefit if processors, retailers or exporters were to invest in infrastructure for direct procurement. Farmers currently spend money on transporting their produce to the mandis, which they can save if purchases are made closer to their fields. But the Centre should reach out to Punjab and Haryana farmers to dispel any misapprehensions. The hurried manner in which the ordinances were rammed through during the height of the pandemic may have also added to the trust deficit.Ordinances