Punjab government aims to increase income of sugarcane farmers

Chandigarh: Punjab government has set up a task force to work out a comprehensive plan to increase the income of sugarcane farmers, said Cooperation and Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema on Monday.

He said, “We are planning to help farmers increase the per acre yield of sugarcane which will boost farmers’ income and the task force will include representatives of the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, the Sugarcane Breeding Institute in Coimbatore, Punjab Sugarfed, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research and others.”

“We aim to increase the sugarcane yield by at least 100 quintals per acre in the next two years. This would help farmers to increase income per acre by around Rs 36,000,” Cheema added.

An official statement issued by the government said that under this scheme the farmers would be provided with high-breed varieties and they will be acquainted with the modern techniques of farming to increase output.

Cheema also informed that the government will soon set up a committee to look after the modernization of the cooperative sugar mills to make them self-reliant.


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