BRAMPTON: In a press release issued on December 6th, Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) has announced it is standing in solidarity with farmers in India.
The announcement comes following a meeting with NFU President, Katie Ward, and Brampton Regional Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon.
The NFU is Canada’s national farming organization and was established in 1969. Its mission
the statement includes a commitment to working in the interests of family-owned farms; against corporate control of the food system; and fighting for food sovereignty, and social and economic justice for farmers from around the world.
“We in Canada recognize the Indian farmers’ struggle as similar to our own struggle. We support them in their right to protest, and in their call for agriculture policy that supports the millions of smallholder farmers growing food in India,” said NFU President Katie Ward.
“Farmers did not ask for this reform, and it is not in their interest. The impacts will be devastating and far-reaching. Canada’s NFU supports Indian farmers in their opposition to these reforms.”
Councillor Dhillon expressed his appreciation to the NFU for their swift issuance of their statement on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians and their families affected by the new laws.
“The NFU’s strong show of solidarity with Indian farmers is reflective of our own Canadian
values” said Councillor Dhillon.
“As the national voice for Canadian farmers, their support will send a strong and positive message that fairness and the right to peacefully protest must be respected.”
“I was glad to have engaged with them and bring this matter to their attention, and I encourage residents to learn more and support the NFU and its work.”