• Rikki Lambert

Indian farmers stand down from long-running protests


Long-running protests by India's farmers will be called off after the government agreed to concede to a clutch of pending demands.


The Modi government has given assurances to consider guaranteed prices for all produce, not just rice and wheat, union leaders say.


Tens of thousands of farmers have staged more than a year of protests to persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal three agriculture laws from late 2020.


The Modi government had promoted the farm reforms as a means to modernise the nation's agricultural sector and enable greater productivity.


Last month, after the extensive protests by farmers, Modi made a surprise U-turn, saying he would roll them back.


Despite Modi's climbdown, farmers continued to press the government to meet other demands such as Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all produce and taking back legal cases filed against protesters.