Farmers in India resume march on Delhi as talks fail

Farmers in India resume march on Delhi as talks fail
# 21 February 2024 12:41 (UTC +04:00)

Scores of Indian farmers atop agricultural machinery are set to advance toward the capital, New Delhi, amid a stalemate with the government on guaranteed prices for their produce, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

Police fired tear gas at thousands of Indian farmers who were on Wednesday preparing to march to the capital, New Delhi, with cranes and excavators after failing to reach a deal with the government on their demands for higher crop prices.

Since last week, authorities have kept the farmers — mostly from the northern state of Punjab — at bay by erecting barricades at a highway near the village of Shambhu, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Delhi.

The demonstrators put their protest on hold last week amid talks between government ministers and unions.

However, several rounds of negotiations have failed to reach a breakthrough.

Earlier in the week, farmers' groups rejected a government proposal for five-year contracts and guaranteed support prices for produce such as corn, cotton and pulses.

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