Farmer unions call to discard free trade pact Mar 15, 2019 0 413 12345 IANSNew DelhiAbout 40 farmer unions, led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Thursday demanded the government walk out of the negotiations over the RCEP free trade agreement, saying it would be disastrous for the domestic agriculture sector if the pact comes through.Any attack on the food sovereignty and farmers’ rights will be met with resistance, they warned.The 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) bloc that includes India, China, Australia and ten ASEAN counties among others are negotiating over issues related to goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights. Addressing a press conference, BKU general secretary Yudhvir Singh said, “The RCEP will remove tariffs on 92 percent of traded commodities and open the floodgates to cheap imports, destroying India’s already stressed farm sector.” “Countries like Australia are looking to dump their surplus produce like sugar, wheat, and dairy, and permanently conquering India’s massive markets through RCEP is a huge aim for them,” he said. The unions claimed that the RCEP will reverse the trend of India traditionally being protectionist towards the farm sector. RELATED ARTICLES Pakistan and India hold ‘very positive’ talks on Sikh shrine Mar 15, 2019 0 716 World leaders appeal for ‘urgent action’ on climate at UN meeting Mar 15, 2019 0 640 Afghan air strikes kill 31 militants Mar 15, 2019 0 1239 3.7 mn children at risk of measles in Philippines, warns Red Cross dpa Manila An estimated 3.7 million children under 5 years old are at risk in the Philippines from a measles outbreak that has already killed 286 people, the Red Cross warned on Thursday. These children have never been .. Malaysia rejects requests to free suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder dpa Singapore/Hanoi Vietnam’s government expressed “regret” that Malaysia rejected its call to free a Vietnamese national being charged with murdering the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, days after an .. Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia AFP Bornuur, Mongolia In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic ..