Newsclick had previously reported how the export policy will render the farmers as nothing more than mere pawns in the government’s liberalisation project. The farmers will not be given benefits, as the export policy is likely to free up most commodities other than staples from the export bans, which will lead to deregulation of processed and organic food.
Speaking at the inauguration of Biofach India – the world’s largest event on organic industry organised by APEDA and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce – Prabhu made the agenda of tapping on the organic food market clear, benefits of which will be reaped by the industry, as farmers are kept in the dark about the forthcoming drastic changes.
The long-term implications of the policy pose a threat not just to the food security of the country, but also to the environment. Speaking to Newsclick, Dr Sunilam, activist and former Samajwadi party MLA, said, “There will be adverse effects on the nature and soil composition which will further burden the farmers.”
The government’s reductionist approach to the policy exposes the blatant extent of the sidelining of farmer’s interests to benefit a select few. The miscalculations of the Modi government have failed to take into account the fundamental problems with the MSP evaluations, and the falling domestic prices for produce. Additionally, many rival global producers have complained about Indian state support, and falling global farm product prices that undermine export prospects.