Cost delayed, cane farmers swap to wheat, paddy cultivation in Sangrur and Malerkotla
Sangrur, Could 12
The alleged harassment, which farmers’ face to get their funds yearly, has led to sharp decline in space underneath sugarcane in Sangrur and Malerkotla districts.
In 2017-18, 3,810 hectares have been underneath sugarcane in each the districts. This space got here right down to 1,894 hectares within the 2021-22 fiscal. This determine is more likely to go additional down within the present monetary yr too.
“All claims of the Punjab Authorities to advertise crop diversification are solely on papers. A majority of cane growers have returned to paddy-wheat cultivation throughout previous few years,” stated Hardeep Singh Bugra, who now sows sugarcane on 22 acres whereas earlier his 50 acres have been underneath the crop.
Members of the sugarcane growers committee climbed atop water tank of the MC workplace on Wednesday for the discharge of their funds operating into crores, pending with a non-public sugar mill at Dhuri.
“I can not waste my time preventing with the federal government for the discharge of my cost,” stated Paramjit Singh, one other sugarcane grower of the realm.
“No cost of sugarcane growers is pending. An quantity of Rs 17.65 crore is pending in the direction of a non-public sugar mill of Dhuri. Out of the full quantity, the mill has launched Rs 3 crore. The remaining quantity may also be launched within the coming days. We’re serving to farmers to undertake crop diversification,” stated Jaswinderpal Singh Grewal, Chief Agriculture Officer, Sangrur.