Amidst protests by farmers, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday said he was ready for changes to the legislation to help farmers if its leaders came for consultations.
“I appeal to farmers’ leaders not to push members of their fraternity into unnecessary confusion, and instead come for talks with me again,” he told a press conference here.
He alleged that farmers’ leaders who met him earlier did not offer any suggestions. “They were not willing for discussions as they had already made up their mind to hold a protest,” he said. “Let them come for consultations at least now.”
At the same time, he maintained that both the legislation had been amended in the interest of farmers. “The amendments to the APMC Act would remove restrictions that farmers should sell their produce only at APMCs. They are free to sell anywhere and to anybody for remunerative prices,” he…