- Amarinder said that he is always with the farmers and always wants to do his best for their welfare. He could not raise the price of sugarcane earlier due to the financial crisis of the state. Keeping in view the current economic conditions, it is very difficult to strike a balance between the needs of the farmers associated with cooperative and private sugar mills.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a price of Rs 360 per quintal of sugarcane in the state for the sugarcane crushing season 2021-22. With this, sugarcane growers will get a maximum benefit of Rs 50 and a minimum of Rs 35. With this, the price of sugarcane has gone up by Rs 2 more than the neighboring state of Haryana. Along with this announcement by the Chief Minister, the sugarcane farmers of Punjab also announced to end their agitation on Tuesday.
The dispute over the price of sugarcane was resolved in the meeting of the Chief Minister with the leaders of farmers’ unions on Tuesday afternoon. In the meeting, the Captain, while agreeing to increase the declared sugarcane price (SAP) in the state, said that the poor financial condition of the state in the last three-four years prevented the government from increasing the suitable price of sugarcane.
Farmers union leaders earlier said that Punjab has failed to raise sugarcane prices on the lines of Haryana in the past, causing financial loss to the farmers. In Punjab, earlier the price of an early variety of sugarcane was Rs 325, the price of the medium was Rs 315 and that of late variety was Rs 310.
Amarinder said that he is always with the farmers and always wants to do his best for their welfare. He could not raise the price of sugarcane earlier due to the financial crisis of the state. Keeping in view the current economic conditions, it is very difficult to strike a balance between the needs of the farmers associated with cooperative and private sugar mills.
On this occasion, the representatives of United Kisan Morcha including Balbir Singh Rajewal, expressing happiness over the acceptance of the demand, sweetened the mouth of the Chief Minister. Apart from Rajewal, representatives of United Kisan Morcha, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, Harmeet Kadian, Jangveer Singh Chauhan, Harinder Singh Lakhhowal, Mukesh Chandra, Kuldeep Singh Wajidpur, Baldev Singh Sirsa, Baldev Singh Dappar, and Balwinder Singh Aulakh were present in the meeting.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister was accompanied by Cooperative Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, MPs Preneet Kaur and Pratap Singh Bajwa, MLAs Rana Gurjit Singh, Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, Fatehjung Singh Bajwa, Navtej Singh Cheema, and Sushil Kumar Rinku. , Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Lal Singh, Sugarfed Chairman Amrik Singh Aliwal, Additional Chief Secretary Development Anirudh Tiwari, Finance Commissioner Cooperation K Shiva Prasad, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Tejveer Singh, Agriculture Commissioner Balwinder Singh Sidhu, and Cane Commissioner Gurvinder Singh were also present.