After a yr of fierce protests, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced on Friday the nation was repealing three farm laws that had sparked a backlash amongst farmers, in accordance with reviews. 

“Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws,” the prime minister said in an address, according to Reuters. 

He said the laws had been put in place to “empower small farmers.”

“Majority of farmers are small-scale farmers. And to assist them, we took on a multi-faceted strategy from seed expertise, crop insurance coverage schemes,” he said in the address, according to the Hindustan Times. 

The laws, introduced a little more than a year ago, had allowed farmers to directly sell their produce, bypassing the government-regulated wholesale market, according to India’s Business Standard newspaper. 

“Our authorities is dedicated to farmers’ welfare, particularly small farmers. We are dedicated to serve them absolutely. We introduced in farm laws with good intentions,” Modi mentioned, asking the protesters to return to their houses, the newspaper reported. 

The farmers had argued the laws would devastate their earnings by ending assured pricing and drive them to promote their crops to firms at cheaper costs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.