Farmers in India protesting


Taylor Rowland, Writer

Under the previous laws, farmers had to sell their goods at an auction at farmers’ markets where they were guaranteed to receive at least the government-agreed minimum price. There were restrictions on who could buy, and prices were capped for essential commodities but now three new laws have been enforced changing farmers’ laws, but this dismantled this committee structure, instead of allowing farmers to sell their goods to anyone for any price. This gives farmers more freedom to do things such as sell directly to buyers without a middle man and sell to other states or large grocery chains but many farmers argue the laws will allow big companies to drive down prices. While farmers could sell crops at higher prices if the demand is there, conversely, they could struggle to meet the minimum price in years when there is too much supply. This has driven the community apart because some people do like these laws and it does help some farmers because now they can sell to bigger companies and make more profit but in other cases now people prefer to buy from these bigger companies because they sell the goods for less and this puts pressure on farmers who don’t want to sell to bigger companies.