Farmers assure authorities to plant sugarcane in place of paddy if government revives Bhuna sugar mill

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Chandigarh: Farmers from Fatehabad district have assured the authorities to shift to sugarcane cultivation from paddy if the government revives the Bhuna sugar mill. Haryana government is also promoting crop diversification.

According to the news report published in Indian Express, Balbir Singh, a farmer activist from Fatehabad district said, “Paddy is a water-intensive crop and with depleting water levels, sugarcane is the best answer. We also want water conservation. We may have savings like of paddy crop, if we opt for sugarcane.”

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had earlier stated that the sugar mills are incurring losses due to low prices of sugar in comparison to input cost. If the cane growers are ready to face losses and benefits of Bhuna Sugar Mill, we are ready to make it functional. The farmers may run it on a real cooperative basis.

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