The survey findings show that overall two-third of farmers were aware about the recent farmers’ protest. Awareness among farmers was more in the north-west region (91%), which includes the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Least awareness was reported in the east region (West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh) where 46% were aware about recent farmers’ protest.
The survey also found that medium and large farmers (72%) were better aware about farmers’ protest on recent bills than the marginal and small farmers (61%). Also 69% farmers who sell their agricultural produce in MSP are aware about the protest on recent bills vs 56% farmers who do not sell their agricultural produces in MSP.
On being asked why they thought the farmers’ were protesting, the respondents gave their various perceptions. Almost half of the respondent farmers (49%) said the farmers were protesting because “they think new agricultural laws are anti-farmers (49%) & want a better price (49%)”.