The farmers gathered in Akola said they were launching a ‘civil disobedience’ movement to push the government to approve GM crops, which, they said, helped in increasing their production while reducing costs.
In the interim Budget 2019-20, the central government had announced the PM-KISAN scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares.
Madan Ghosh, state convenor of AIKS said that three long marches will be taken out at the end of November. According to Ghosh, workers participating in the march will also highlight the corruption of both the governments.
Goa agriculture minister Vijay Sardesai has told farmers to meditate for 20 minutes in their fields saying 'Om Rum Jum Sah' to improve their output. The minister insists that this is a scientific method.