Farmers stage protest over demands

Peasants’ organisations from different parts of Odisha staged a demonstration on Tuesday, demanding implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission recommendations on fixing minimum support price and interest-free credit for agriculture.

At the demonstration, held under the banner of the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA), farmer representatives demanded Rs. 3,000 per quintal of paddy as the MSP. They reiterated their demand for a comprehensive loan waiver.

“As the majority of farming is done by sharecroppers, they should get recognition as farmers in the proposed Share Cropper Protection Law in Odisha with appropriate amendments to the Odisha Land Reform Act-1960,” said BAA Odisha coordinator Narendra Mohanty.

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