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Modi in India repeals controversial farm laws that sparked deadly protests

After a year of violent protests, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that the country was repealing three farm laws that had sparked a backlash among farmers, according to reports.

“Today I came to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw the three agricultural laws,” the prime minister said in a speech, according to Reuters.

He said the laws were put in place to “empower small farmers”.

“The majority of farmers are small farmers. And to help them, we have taken a multi-faceted approach to seed technology and crop insurance schemes, ”he said in his speech, according to the Hindustan Times.

The laws, introduced just over a year ago, had allowed farmers to sell their produce directly, bypassing the government-regulated wholesale market, according to Indian newspaper Business Standard.


“Our government is committed to the well-being of farmers, especially small farmers. We are committed to serving them fully. We have passed agricultural laws with good intentions,” Modi said, urging protesters to return home. them, the newspaper reported.

Farmers had argued that the laws would devastate their incomes by ending guaranteed prices and forcing them to sell their crops to companies at lower prices.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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