Ferozepur, May 9
The farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee have rejected the Punjab government schedule announced for sowing paddy from June 18 by dividing it into five zones.
The state government has decided to allow paddy sowing in a staggered manner, beginning from June 18 with the aim to lessen the burden on electricity and conserve underground water.
The government also allowed paddy sowing with direct seeding of rice technique from May 20. Electricity supply to farmers for irrigation will start from the dates fixed for the commencement of paddy sowing, as per the notification.
Condemning strongly the movement of the government, Satnam Singh Pannu, President and Sarwan Singh Pandher in a press release said the government did not consult with farmers before releasing the sowing and electricity supply schedule and urged the Punjab government to allow the sowing of paddy from June 10.
They further said, to save the underground water, MSP – Minimum Support Price should be ensured, for all the crops by introducing the diversification of crops, like corn, millet, oil, seeds, pulses, basmati and vegetables. Only allowing MSP for moong, will not suffice rather Rs.10,000 compensation be given for direct sowing of paddy.
The farmer leaders asked the Bhagwant Mann led government to make a farmer-friendly concrete agriculture policy to take out the farmer’s community from the clutches of corporate houses.