Need roadmap to tide over farm crisis, Sidhu tells govt - ECAS Punjab

Need roadmap to tide over farm crisis, Sidhu tells govt

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 6

Former minister and MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu today appealed to the state government to prepare a roadmap to address the agrarian crisis that had arisen due to the newly enacted farm laws.

To make farmers 'self reliant', Sidhu said a 'small farmers' model' should be constituted. He said the state never offered a procurement model for any other crop, apart from wheat and rice, and lacked storage capacity or marketing ability.

"The state should come forward for the farmers' cause. A cooperative model should be there, in which the farmers will decide the crop pattern and sell the produce on their terms. I believe that in one to three years, the farming community will be able to stand on its feet," he said.

"The state should make one cold storage after every five villages," demanded Sidhu. He suggested that stubble could be utilised to make renewal energy and bio CNG. "Stubble burning pollutes the air. The state should come out with alternatives and incentives, so that farmers refrain from burning it. Initiatives should be started to make constructive use of stubble that can generate income for the farmers," he said.

He said the Centre's tailor-made policies favoured corporate houses, which could never benefit the farmers.

"In the absence of storage facility, the farmers sell their crop at a throwaway price, fearing that it may get destroyed due to inclement weather conditions," he said. Batting for diversification of crops, he said it would motivate farmers to grow vegetables, fruit, oilseeds and pulses.

from The Tribune

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