- The government took out the cost of 350, farmers are telling Rs 388
- Today experts and farmers will find out the cost price in Jalandhar
The meeting held in Chandigarh on Sunday between sugarcane growing farmers and the Punjab government remained inconclusive. After this, the farmers announced to continue the agitation. In the meeting that lasted about 90 minutes between the two sides regarding the State Assured Price (SAP), the government stood firm on the cost price of sugarcane fixed by its experts, while the farmers’ unions stuck to the cost price fixed by them.
When the officials told the production cost of sugarcane to be Rs 350, the farmers put the account of Rs 388 spent on growing sugarcane in front of them. The farmers also argued that the cost of production of sugarcane in Haryana has been fixed at Rs 358. The government refused to accept the demand of the farmers. After this, seeing the confusion, the government decided to revise the cost of production in a meeting of experts and farmers in Jalandhar on Monday.
Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that the meeting has been called again on Monday at 3.30 pm in Jalandhar. In this, experts from the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Universities, and farmers’ organizations will decide on the cost of production of sugarcane. Whatever decision will be taken in the meeting, it will be placed before the Chief Minister on Tuesday. On Tuesday itself, the government will again have a meeting with farmers’ organizations in Chandigarh.
The government assured to get dues from sugarcane mills
During the meeting on Sunday, the officials present on behalf of the government assured the farmers of meeting the Chief Minister on August 24 and asked the private sugar mills to get the dues of sugarcane growers within the next 15 days. The officers also promised that the dues of sugarcane growers will also be paid by September 1 on behalf of the cooperative sugar mills.
If the demands are not accepted, the struggle will intensify: Manjit Singh
Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal announced to continue the strike of the farmers and to keep the rail track closed. He said that after the meetings with the government, whatever decision will come, on the basis of that, the farmers’ organizations will take a decision about the movement while making their next strategy. Farmer leader Manjit Singh said that if their demands were not accepted, the struggle would be intensified. He demanded that the government should immediately release Rs 200 crore dues of sugarcane growers towards private and cooperative sugar mills and fix sugarcane prices at Rs 400 per quintal.