Fivefold increase in farm protests since 2017: CSE report
Apart from the three contentious farm laws, procurement and agricultural market price-related failures have contributed to a fivefold increase in major farmers’ protests since 2017, according to data collected by the Centre for Science and Environment.
In 2017, there were 34 protests across 15 States. That number has now shot up to 165 protests across 22 States and UTs.
The CSE’s State of Environment in Figures 2021 report records that 12 of these are pan-India protests, including 11 agitations against the three farm reform laws introduced last year in 2021. Along with protests against State legislation and inadequate Budget allocations for the agricultural sector, such anti-policy agitations account for 96 major protests across the nation.
However, large numbers of farmers are also fighting against market failures and demanding fair prices for crops, which have led to 38 major protests. Battles against the acquisition of farm land for development projects, including highway and airport construction, are the prime cause of 17 agitators.