Explainer: Why many farmers and politicians oppose govt's farm laws


By Mayank Bhardwaj and Rajendra Jadhav NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's parliament has approved new farm bills that the government says will unshackle farmers from having to sell their produce only at regulated wholesale markets and make contract farming easier.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet had issued emergency executive orders in June to change the longstanding rules that govern the vast agriculture sector, which contributes nearly 15% of the output of the $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half of India's.....

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