The Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS) has demanded that the government withdraw the proposed amendment to the APMC Act, 1966, to protect the interests of farmers.

Maruti Manpade, KPRS president, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the amendment would only help multi-national corporations such as WalMart, DOVE and Cargill.

He demanded that the government announce a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs.6,450 a quintal for toor.

Mr. Manpade said the Centre had announced an MSP of Rs. 4,300 a quintal for toor this year.

State governments too were required to announce their own MSP as per the recommendations of M.S. Swaminathan committee.

He said farmers had taken up cultivation of toor on 16 lakh acres this year the cost of which would be at least Rs. 30,000 an acre.

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