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Agri Min cancels China trip amid farmers' agitation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In view of farmers' agitation in some parts of the country, Agriculture Minister Radha today cancelled his trip to for the BRICS agriculture meeting scheduled from June 15-17.

Farmers are up in arms in some states like demanding loan waiver and higher procurement price as rates of several agri-produce have fallen in a bumper crop year.

Singh was to take flight tomorrow morning to attend the meeting of the BRICS agriculture cooperative group.

"The agriculture minister has cancelled his trip to in the interest of farmers in the current situation and to provide all help to states in the policy decisions," an official statement said.

In his place, the agriculture secretary will represent the country in the BRICS meeting, it added.

and have already announced loan waiver to provide relief to farmers. Madhya Pradesh, and several other states are under pressure to announce loan waiver, which renowned agri-scientist M S Swaminathan yesterday said was "temporarily necessary".

Farmers are protesting in several parts of the country but the agitation turned violent in

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 17:13 IST