No buyer, farmer sets sugarcane crop on fire - ECAS Punjab

No buyer, farmer sets sugarcane crop on fire

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Faridkot, June 30

Unable to harvest sugarcane during the lockdown, a farmer at Sadiq village of Faridkot on Tuesday burnt his standing crop worth over Rs 3 lakh.

In the absence of any sugar mill in the area, Jagtar Singh used to sell cane to juice sellers. But as they too were out of business for the past over three months, he had no buyers left at all.

This led the distraught farmer to set his standing crop on fire. For the past four years, Jagtar and many other farmers in the area are growing sugarcane on two to four acres of their land, to sell it to sugarcane juice vendors. It gives them a handsome profit of up to Rs 2 lakh per acre annually.

Jagtar said “My standing crop had started to dry up. When I lost all options to protect it, I set it on fire. There are many other farmers in this area who grow sugarcane for vendors only, hoping to sell their crop at the rate of Rs 4 to Rs 5 per kg as there is huge demand for sugarcane juice with the advent of the summer season. But this time, the season opened with the lockdown, upsetting all their business calculations”. —TNS



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