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Rahul slams 'anti-farmer' oppn, backs FDI in retail

Press Trust of India  |  Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh 

Rahul Gandhi

Terming the opposition as "anti-farmer", Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi today came out openly in support of FDI in the retail sector saying it would help farmers.

Addressing a public meeting in Farrukhabad, which is the higest potato growing district in the country, Gandhi said that 60% of vegetables go waste and FDI would provide a chance to the farmers to directly sell their produce.

On the fourth day of his five-day mass contact programme here, Rahul said, "farmers are facing problems as 60% of vegetables go waste.. We brought FDI in retail so that they could sell their produce directly".

But the opposition stalled the move in the parliament as they are anti-farmer, he asserted.

First Published: Fri, December 16 2011. 13:51 IST