Yadav further said that farmers were "waiting for justice for the last 70 years" and "these Bills will bring reforms in the agriculture sector".
"We have to think that when we are producing so many crops why do we have the facility of food processing of only 5 per cent of the world. There is a need to increase to do value addition in the farming sector and increase the income of farmers," he said.
"We have made the boards for fisheries and livestock. Our government aimed to invests Rs 1 lakh crore in the agriculture sector and worked towards it. We have built infrastructure, improved irrigation systems and helped farmers. We bring this Bill to help farmers," he added.
The statements came after Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar moved two agriculture Bills in the Upper House.
These Bills are -- Farmers' and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. Both of them were passed by the Lower House with a voice vote a couple of days back.
Moving the Bills, the Minister said, "The two Bills are historic and will bring a change in the lives of the farmers. They will be able to freely trade their produce anywhere in the country. I want to assure the farmers that these Bills are not related to Minimum Support Price."
The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 permits the electronic trading of farmers' produce and allows the setting up transaction platforms for facilitating direct online buying and selling of farm products.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 provides for a farming agreement prior to the production or rearing of any farm produce. A guaranteed price to be paid for the purchase of farming produce will be mentioned in such agreements.
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