The Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS) has said that the amendment brought to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act 1996 by the State government would prove detrimental to farmers.

In a release, KPRS State president Maruti Manpade said the recently concluded Legislative Assembly session had passed a Bill to amend the Act. He said the proposed amendment would promote corporatisation of agriculture.

Under the Act, it was mandatory for farmers to obtain separate licences to trade at each of the APMCs in the State. The amendment provides for a centralised system under which farmers could obtain a single trade licence at Bangalore and trade at any APMC in the State.

Provision

However, the Bill has a provision under which farmers can be sued in foreign courts in cases involving multinational agro companies. This provision could land local farmers into trouble, he said. Mr. Manpade regretted that ministers, legislators and officials did not look into the pros and cons of the Bill, which was passed with scant regard for farmer’s interests.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should reconsider the government’s decision to amend the Act, he said, adding the sangha would oppose the proposed amendment.

The sangha would wage a State-wide struggle if the government amended the APMC act in favour of multi-national companies, he said. KPRS leaders B.S. Soppin, K. H. Patil and B. I. Ilager were present.


  • The amendment provides for a centralised system under which farmers can obtain a single trade licence for any APMC in the State

  • ‘Farmers can be sued in foreign courts in cases involving MNCs’


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