Karnataka Approves Amendment In Law To Allow Direct Sales By Farmers
Amid a walkout by the opposition Congress and JD(S), the Karnataka assembly on Saturday approved an amendment to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act, which allows private players to directly approach farmers to purchase agricultural produce.
Both Congress and the JD(S) alleged that the government was succumbing to the pressure of corporates and multinational companies. Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah said the private secretary to Home Minister Amit Shah had on May 4 written to the state government, asking it to introduce bills to amend the APMC and labour reforms.
"Farmers have not demanded the bill," he said. The government, instead of "handing over" the future of farmers to corporates, should strengthen the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees, Siddaramaiah said.
JD(S) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said the Bihar government had scrapped APMCs in 2006, leaving farmers to directly deal with traders. This decision left the farmers in the lurch as they did not get a proper market, he alleged.