Why the Indian Farmers are protesting (a thread):
#AntiFarmerBJP #AntiFarmerBills
The farmers are protesting against the Three New Farmer Bills, the new bills and amendments are anti-farmer in nature.
1.The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Ordinance, 2020:
It allows intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of APMC markets. State governments are prohibited from levying any market fee, cess, or levy outside APMC areas.
2. The Farmer’s (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance:
Facilitates creating a national framework for contract farming through an agreement between a farmer and a buyer before the production or rearing of any farm produce.
3.The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020:
Allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances(eg, war and famine). Stock limits may be imposed on agricultural produce only if there is a steep price rise.
APMCs are established by a state government to ensure farmers are safeguarded from economic exploitation. The bills allow opening up the agricultural markets outside APMCs.

The bills remove trade barriers b/w big private corporations and farmers.
It would be wrong to assume that private players don’t exist today and the APMC is a monopoly. Private players exist but are regulated by APMCS. They actually look to the APMC for a reference price to conduct their own transactions.
The regulation on limits on selling prices would be removed. The state governments would have less control over the market and its ability to tax agricultural produce, losing a source of income.
So, the corporates don't pay the state. Their monopoly is bound to rise in regulating the market. So more and more exploitation.

Now you’re trying to create an alternative that’s outside the APMC, which is on advantageous terms where you don’t have to pay mandi fees or taxes.
In the end, farmers get less money, we normal citizens would have to buy the highly commercialized products while the already big corporations hoard resources.

WHERE IS THE PROFIT FOR FARMERS?
Saying farmers can choose is very preposterous. The big corporations are bullies and manipulative. There would be no safeguards and no government watching over.

IMAGINE FARMERS WITH SMALL LANDS BARGAINING WITH BIG PRIVATE PLAYERS.
Farmers can enter into bonds with corporates.

These bonds are nothing but deceiving. Do you think corporates would be playing it fair? They have not been playing until now. What happens when a small farmer comes into a dispute with such monsters?
The government is not accountable for regulating prices.

Big businesses are well-positioned to interact with a lot of farmers because they have field staff. But eventually, many of them end up co-opting farmer cooperatives or anybody who’s able to aggregate produce for them.
So, though we keep saying that these Bills will facilitate direct transactions with farmers, what we are seeing is not dis-intermediation, but re-intermediation.
Companies will find that it’s too expensive to work with a large number of farmers and look for intermediaries who will aggregate produce for them.

Market is open to Mass Privatisation.
So, firstly, the one with enough resources can only profit in reality. Unquestionably, Labour exploitation rises due to the manipulative nature of marketing. The rich get richer by the extraction of labour. FARMERS ARE NOT YOUR BONDED LABOUR.
A system that thrives on less input would do anything to cut down its need for employees. So stop living in the delusion that privatization creates more opportunities. The farmers are going to be hit the hardest here. They know their fights better.
Bills are being passed without any opposition, in a empty parliament. This is murder of democracy.
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