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Protect farmers’ interests in RCEP pact: Agriculture Minister

Ahead of Commerce & Industry Minister Shri Piyush Goyal’s visit to Bangkok for the ministerial meeting on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership later this week, Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar spoke about the importance of shielding farmers’ interests while negotiating the trade agreement. Various stakeholders from the country’s dairy industry and farming community have expressed fears that this would severely hurt Indian farmers and small businesses due to stiff competition from New Zealand & China.