Sri Lankan farmers condemn the attack on the Kisan Kranti Yatra march by Indian authorities

Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform

Farmers of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, who is a member of La Via Campesina - a global movement of peasants, who were marching to New Delhi demanding farm loan-waiver, friendly crop insurance and support for small and marginal farmers, etc. were brutally attacked by the Indian government that used tear gas, water cannon and baton charges to disperse the farmers. 50 000 farmers mainly from Uttar Pradesh, a top producer of wheat and cane, were marching peacefully when this unprovoked attack took place.

This brutal attack took place on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Although many farmers were injured they did not receive the necessary medical treatment and ambulances were absent. The current state of Sri Lankan farmers is similar to the plight of Indian farmers.

Sri Lankan farmers too have no control over the price of their produce and they have become slaves of agro companies. The price of production is high and the prices for their products are low, which has meant that they suffer from debts that can probably never be paid.

The governments of the global south are cutting government involvement in agriculture, due to adherence to the World Bank and IMF policies. Thus farmers have no option but to unite and pressurize governments to address their concerns as it becomes obvious that governments that adhere to neoliberal economic policies are not concerned at all about the plight of small scale farmers.

Thus it is obvious that the farmers must unite to win common objectives and small scale farmers of Sri Lanka along with Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform fully support the struggle of Indian farmers.

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