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Northeast farmers, biggest beneficiaries of the new farm bills: Kiren Rijiju

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GUWAHATI: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said that the farm bills passed recently by the Parliament will categorically benefit the farmers of the Northeast states.   

Talking to the press persons in Guwahati on Thursday, Rijiju said, “Farmers of North East will be the biggest beneficiaries of these new agricultural reforms by the Union Government.”

Notably, the President of India gave his assent to three farm bills – Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

The Union Minister said that the three Agriculture bills that have recently been passed in the Parliament have been the biggest ever agricultural reforms for the welfare of the farmers of the country since independence.

“These bills brought by the Centre will give freedom to the farmers and give them choice to sell their crop anywhere in the country. Complete freedom has been given to the farmers as there are no restrictions in selling their produce,” he said.

He stressed that the farmers will get mandatory support from state to strengthen the farm sector and to get more production. “This amendment will create a positive environment not only for farmers but also for consumers and investors and will help the country to become self-reliant,” he further said.

“These reforms have removed all manipulative role of middlemen which will very much benefit the farmers,” Rijiju added.  

He also took part in a seminar on the Empowerment of Farmers where Agricultural Experts, farmers, intellectuals and officials of the Department of Agriculture, Assam Government attended.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also welcomed the step taken by the Union Government for the empowerment of the farmers and said, “The new legislations will enable the farmer to access modern technology, better seed and other inputs. It will reduce cost of marketing and improve income of farmers”.

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