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Why are Indian farmers protesting?


NEW DELHI (ANN) – Indian farmers have for months been camped on the outskirts of New Delhi in protest against new agricultural legislation, and on Tuesday thousands rampaged through the capital in a dramatic escalation of their standoff with the government.AFP examines the laws, why they are contentious and at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s options in his stiffest challenge since coming to power in 2014.
What is the state of Indian agriculture?
India’s farming sector is vast and troubled.It provides a livelihood to nearly 70 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people and accounts for around 15 percent of the $2.7-trillion economy.The “Green Revolution” of the 1970s turned India from a country suffering regular food shortages into one with a surplus — and a major exporter.But for the past few decades, farm incomes have remained largely stagnant and the sector is in sore need of investment and modernisation.More than 85 percent of farmers have less than two hectares (five acres) of land. Fewer than one in a hundred farmers own over 10 hectares, according to a 2015-16 agriculture ministry survey

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