Farmers’ coalition threatens agitation if India goes ahead with US trade deal

A farmers’ coalition, which represents millions of farmers nationwide, has urged the Centre to desist from negotiating an interim trade offer with the US all through President Donald Trump’s India stop by, stating it would be harmful to the pursuits of Indian farmers.

In a letter composed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, Yudhvir Singh, nationwide secretary of the Indian Coordination Committee for Farmers’ Movements (ICCFM), reported the proposed $10-billion interim trade offer is a precursor to a totally free trade arrangement (FTA) currently being negotiated with the US.

“We have an understanding of from stories that the American governing administration and organizations are intrigued in opening up our industry for wheat, corn and soya imports, in addition to an import duty reduction on cotton, hen, apple, walnut, almonds, and many others,” ICCFM reported. Amongst other individuals, the Naresh Tikait-led Bhartiya Kisan Union is affiliated to the ICCFM.


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