Navjot Singh Sidhu – President – Punjab Congress:
The sugarcane farmers issue needs to be immediately resolved amicably..
Strange that despite the higher cost of cultivation in Punjab the state assured price (SAP) is too low as compared to Haryana/UP/Uttarakhand.
As torchbearer of agriculture, the Punjab SAP should be better!
Sugarcane farmers SAP has not increased since 2018, whereas input cost has increased by over 30%.
Punjab model means policy interventions giving fair prices, equitable share in profits, diversification in production & processing to give more profits to both farmers & sugar mill.
SAP should be immediately hiked as per farmers demands & pending dues should be released.
Along with Modernization of Sugar Mills for higher productivity & production of high-value byproducts (ethanol, biofuel & electricity) for boosting profits of both Farmers and Sugar Mills.