Farmers’ Associations can take a decision on Saturday on the government’s new proposal for talks. Farmers’ organizations also considered it on Friday. During this period some organizations appeared in favor of negotiating to find a solution. Farmers’ organizations will meet again on Saturday and decide what to answer to the government. Meanwhile, the government is hopeful that talks with farmers can start in two-three days.
The farmer leader said, there is no proposal in the government letter. We feel that the government has not understood our demands. So it is possible that we can start a new conversation so that the government can explain its demands properly. He said, the three cannot separate the MSP from the demand to repeal the law. Another farmer leader said, these laws refer to private mandis. Who will ensure that our crops are purchased at MSP. On Friday, a number of farmer organizations discussed but no decision could be taken.
Some of the organizations indicated that they might decide to resume talks with the Center to find a solution to the current deadlock. The unions said they would have another meeting on Saturday in which a formal decision would be taken at the Center’s invitation to resume the stalled negotiations.
An official of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare also said that the government hopes that the next round of meetings can be held in two-three days. One of the protesting farmer leaders, with a desire not to be named, said that his demand for a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) would continue.
He said that we will have another meeting tomorrow to decide on the letter of the Center. In that meeting, we may decide to resume dialogue with the government as it seems from its previous letters that the government has not yet understood our issues.