• The new WTO agreement limits the value of food subsidies at 10 percent of the total food grain production. India is flexing muscle on the issue because subsidies have been calculated by WTO taking 1986 as base year into account which will largely affect food procurement programme through MSP. • India is raising its concerns by saying that while US is providing 120 billion as agriculture subsidy then why India can’t give even one tenth (USD 12 billion) to their farmers. • India which is home to about 25 percent of the world’s hungry, has a viewpoint that it is a Government’s responsibility and duty to ensure availability of proper food to its people. • Moreover, India’s food programme is largely domestic so it doesn’t distort global food trade. The Indian sources say that once the TFA will be implemented it will be difficult to bargain on the food subsidy thing and that is why India has this brazen attitude.
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