Cane Farmers flag Brazil's WTO case against India- THE HINDU- 25-01-2020


In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements noted that “the Brazilian government, under the leadership of Mr. Bolsonaro is directly threatening the livelihoods of five crore Indian sugarcane farmers” by challenging the minimum price for sugarcane set by the Indian government.

They urged PM to raise issue with Brazil President Bolsonaro. Several farmers groups have demanded that the government push Brazil to withdraw its complaint against India’s sugar pricing policies at the World Trade Organisation. Brazil has said it is open to finding a “non-litiguous solution” to the dispute, adding that the issue would not affect bilateral collaborations on biofuels derived from sugarcane.

The irony of the whole situation is that the Indian government only announces Fair and Remunerative Prices to be paid by the sugar mills to farmers.

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