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Loan waiver, robust procurement help Yogi weather the farm storm

Of the 23 million farming households in UP, almost 21 million, or more than 90 per cent, are of small and marginal farmers with fragmented land holdings, living on low farm income

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Besides, robust procurement of paddy and wheat since 2017 and prompt payment to farmers have helped the state government cultivate a positive and pro-farmer perception, defusing possible farm face-off situations

Virendra Singh Rawat Lucknow
Even as the Delhi borders are on the boil with hundreds of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, protesting against the new central farm laws, Uttar Pradesh — home to 23 million farming households — has remained largely calm.

Uttar Pradesh witnesses sporadic protests in a few Western districts and state farmers voice support for their protesting brethren from Punjab, but the farm community has, by and large, conspicuously refrained from any vociferous form of demonstrations or sit-ins.

UP farmer activist and leader Avdhesh Kumar Mishra said the new farm laws were in favour of the agriculture sector and the state farming

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First Published: Dec 27 2020 | 8:06 PM IST

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