US-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo on Thursday said that it will withdraw lawsuits against farmers in Arvalli and Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. Earlier during the day, farmers’ welfare organisations had demanded unconditional withdrawal of cases. These organisations have claimed a moral victory, but said that they are awaiting a formal communication from the company.
“After discussions with the government, the company has agreed to withdraw the cases against the farmers,” said the spokesman. PepsiCo in April sued four farmers for cultivating a potato variety ‘FC5’ grown exclusively for its popular Lay’s potato chips.