The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) said on Tuesday it would stage a farmers' rally in New Delhi on October 18 in protest against the Union Government's proposal to bring in reforms in the agricultural sector.

Speaking to presspersons here, vice-president of the sangha Chamarasa Malipatil said that the Union Government had finalised a proposal to amend various laws relating to agriculture, aiming to attract private investment in the sector.

“These amendments will not only affect farmer's interests but also discourage cultivation of traditional crops,” he said. He said that the Union Government had decided to bring amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, Seeds Act, Pesticides Act, Agricultural Control (Marketing) Act and Food Security Act.

He said that the sangha had convened a meeting of experts and farmers here to study in detail the amendments.

He said that a delegation of the KRRS would meet Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi on September 22.

Mr. Malipatil said that the KRRS had been organising farmers for the proposed rally to be held in New Delhi on October 18.