IEP Chandigarh, October 11
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday said that the state government is committed to safeguarding the interests of Sugarcane cultivators by assuring timely purchase and payment of their produce.
The Chief Minister, while presiding over a meeting of the Sugarcane control Board, said that the state government has decided to increase the price of sugarcane to Rs. 380 per quintal from existing Rs. 360 per quintal. He said that the farmers will get an additional Rs. 20 per quintal under State Agreed Price (SAP) of sugarcane as compared to last year. Bhagwant Mann asked the private millers who were present in the meeting to assure that the farmers get full price of their produce.
The Chief Minister asked the Millers to ensure that the purchase starts at stipulated time period and the farmers get their payment on time. He said that any sort of laxity in this cause is totally unwarranted and undesirable. Bhagwant Mann said that the farmers of the state eagerly want to adopt sugarcane crop under crop diversification, but they are hesitant for it due to lack of adequate price and timely payment of the crop.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has decided to enhance the price to supplement the income of farmers to promote sugarcane cultivation in the state. He further said that the state government will soon resolve the pending issues related to payments of Phagwara sugar mill. Bhagwant Mann said that adequate steps will be taken for purchasing the sugarcane crop around the Phagwara sugar mill from the farmers adding that no farmer will face any sort of inconvenience for selling their harvest.