Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the new farm laws brought in by the Centre will help bring down barriers between agricultural and associated sectors. This he said will help create new markets for farmers who will gain from technological advances and investments.
The prime minister was speaking at the virtual 93rd Annual Convention of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
He said when one sector grows, its effect is seen in several other sectors and that unnecessary walls will impact all.
Talking about the controversial farm laws Narendra Modi said, “Agriculture and its related sectors such as food processing, storage, cold chains had walls between them. Now, these walls are being removed. These reforms will give farmers new markets, advantages of technology, and help bring investments. It is my country’s farmers who will benefit the most from all this,” he said.
He said the Indian economy needed bridges and not walls.
Farm law, farmers protest & Modi’s stand
Farmers across the country particularly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting for the past few weeks against three central government agricultural laws passed in September.
Speaking further at the Ficci event, the PM said India’s industries should invest in the country’s villages and small towns because that is where growth will come from in the 21st century.
He said the private sector had not focused on agriculture as much as it ought to have till now.
“Now farmers have the option of selling their produce in mandis as well as to outside parties. These efforts are aimed at increasing farmers’ incomes,” he said.
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