Indian farmers’ body warns government against signing Free Trade Agreement with the USA
New Delhi: The Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement has expressed its concern that if the government allows import of subsidized dairy produce from the USA, then the interests of Indian dairy farmers would be directly affected.
Read here:ICCFM letter to Indian govt concerning Indo-US trade deal
In a letter to Giriraj Singh, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, on Monday, the farmers’ body stated that Indian government must stop any trade deal with USA that is “detrimental to farmers’ interests”, and warned against initiating Free Trade Agreement with the USA “sooner or later”.
“It is now confirmed that India is going ahead to have a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States (US) soon, as announced by US President Donald Trump at the White House on 18th February 2020,” the letter pointed out.
It regretted USA’s “threat” to Indian farmers’ livelihoods in the World Trade Organisation by objecting to the “meagre support (through public procurement) being given by the government to food producers in the country, citing violations of rigged rules of the World Trade Organisation”.