Cotton growers suffering due to government apathy: AAP - ECAS Punjab

Cotton growers suffering due to government apathy: AAP

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Bathinda, October 5

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Talwandi Sabo Baljinder Kaur today met farmers at a mandi in Bathinda and discussed cotton procurement operations.

During her visit, Baljinder Kaur said the farmers of Punjab were forced to sell the crop below the MSP as the Cotton Corporation of India had not yet started procurement. The MSP for cotton had been fixed at Rs 5,515 to Rs 5,725 per quintal, but it was being procured at Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,800 per quintal. At the same time, traders were paying less, citing high moisture content in the crop, she said.

The AAP leader said, “Farmers say this is the reason why they are forced to give preference to traditional crops like wheat and paddy as these are sold at fixed prices due to government procurement. However, the new farm laws of the Modi government will hand over these two crops to private players.” — TNS

from The Tribune

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