Jalandhar: The Punjab Government today announced to provide the same rates for the sugarcane crop including varieties sown earlier or later and notification in this regard to be issued soon.
Stating this here today Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. S.K. Sandhu while presiding over a seminar to make aware the sugarcane farmers gathered from across the state about the benefits of Drip Irrigation system. Mr. Sandhu was delivering an inspiring speech to the farmers apprising them that this method of Drip Irrigation will increase the yield of sugarcane by one and half fold. He also gave a call to farmers to come forward to opt this mode of irrigation under which the marginalized peasants to get 90 percent subsidy while big ones, 80 percent. He said that this scheme has vast jurisdiction and all the farmers applying would get the due benefits. He said that in case Drip pipes get damaged, the farmers could get the subsidy for replacement or repair after ten years.
Announcing that Punjab was going to initiate a program to install exhibition plants of sugarcane crop in the fertile lands of Coopertive Sugar Mills for the facilitation of farmers as well as to provide them superior quality of seeds. He said that farming of sugarcane was being promoted to bring out the farmers from the vicious cycle of Paddy and Wheat in view of unprecedented depletion of ground water. He also apprised the farmers that Punjab has enough opportunities in Sugarcane farming since Punjab has been using its own sugar to the extent of 45 percent whereas 55 percent was being hauled from other states. He said that for promotion of drip irrigation the Punjab Government has formed a State Level Committee to resolve the issues of farmers pertaining to this method.
Mr. Sandhu said that Punjab was extending the balance of Sugarcane crop to farmers to the tune of Rs. 186 crore for the year 2013-14 and Rs. 300 crore for 2014-15. He said that Punjab Government was making all out efforts to make Cooperative Mills world class, under this program the capacity of Bhogpur Mill was being enhanced to 3000 tonner per day from the existing 1000.0 0
On this occasion Mrs. Kamalpreet Brar, Special Cooperative cum Managing Director of Sugarfed Punjab also apprised that the similar seminars to be organized in Ajnala, Buddhewal and Morinda Cooperative Mills to educate farmers about Drip Irrigation. They also answered the questions put forward by the farmers regarding Drip Irrigation and Subsidy problems besides assuring to resolve their all issues within no time.