Farmer burning sugarcane crop case: Administration submits report to Centre

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Chandigarh: After a farmer from Sadiq village burnt sugarcane crop from his field, the central government sought a report from the Faridkot administration regarding this. And according to the media report, the administration submitted a report to the Centre on an incident.

Jagtar Singh, after failing to harvest the sugarcane grown in his field during to lockdown, had burnt the standing crop around Rs 3 lakh. He used to sell sugarcane to juice sellers as there was no sugar mill in the vicinity. But as they too were out of business for the past over three months, he had no buyers left at all. This has increased the trouble for sugarcane farmer.

According to Jagtar, when all my crop was drying without any buyer I was left with no option but to set it on fire.

‘The government of India asked to submit a report over the incident. The report was prepared with assistance of agriculture department and it was submitted to the union ministry on Thursday. As paddy season was on the peak, the farmer wanted to clear his field to sow paddy. He was not able to sell the standing crop,”deputy commissioner Vimal Kumar Setia was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.

Media report says that a team of agriculture department has visited his village and assured him all kind of assistance. Department has decided to assist him by providing paddy saplings, pesticides and weedicides free of cost.

Many other farmers too grow sugarcane in the region, so to assist them department has proposed that cooperative societies should be asked to set up small jaggery manufacturing units all over the district. As there is a high demand for jaggery so it will provide platforms to farmers to sell their produce.

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