Progressive farmers take good step by fixing price of chilli
Chilli Paste Plant to come up in Ferozepur, on farmers’ demand : Speaker Sandhawan
Ferozepur, May 24, 2023: The farmers of Ferozepur have taken a very good step by fixing a price by making a bench mark, for the price of chillies, which has been higher than the fixed price which has benefited all the farmers a lot while the chilli crop had to be thrown away due to low prices. This was expressed by the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Kultar Singh Sandhawan, after listening to the problems of the farmers cultivating chilli at grain market today at Talwandi Bhai.
As per information, a group of 20 progressive farmers in Ferozepur have formed a collective, which is purchasing 'red chillies', directly from small and marginal farmers at much higher rate than offered by the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited and Markfed. The collective also urged the district administration to provide some place at the cantonment grain market, to dry the produce.
On this occasion, MLA from Ferozepur Rural Rajnish Dahiya , MLA Ferozepur Urban Ranbir Singh Bhullar , MLA Guruharshai Fauja Singh Sarari , Deputy Commissioner Ferozepur Rajesh Dhiman, SSP Bhupinder Singh was also present.
Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha . Kultar Singh Sandhawan said the Punjab government under the leadership f Bhagwant Mann, Chief Minister, is taking every necessary step for the welfare of farmers, especially small and marginal farmers, and is always standing shoulder to shoulder with their farmer brothers.
After listening to the problems of farmers, he said, the marketing problem will be solved in a new way. He said that no attention was paid to the problems of farmers by the previous governments when the vegetables worth crores of rupees are sold in the district, the official record of which is less available. However, to solve this, the concerned officials and MLA will check all the records together and find a solution to this problem.
Kultar Singh Sandhwan - while encouraging every farmer to take maximum area out of traditional crops and bring it under other crops according to the need of his land - said that there is a great need for the cooperation of farmers to bring agricultural diversity in Punjab. Appreciating the farmers cultivating chillies, he encouraged other farmers to take their guidance and bring crop diversity.
Meanwhile, speaking on the demand of the farmers, Sandhawan said that soon a plant for preparing chili paste will be set up in Ferozepur district, for which a blueprint has been asked to be prepared.
On other demands of the farmers, he instructed the officials of the concerned departments to go and solve the problems of the farmers themselves. On this occasion, he asked the officials of the concerned department to keep ready the complete data regarding the cultivation of various crops being done by the farmers in the district.
On this occasion, PRO/Speaker Manpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh PA , Tehsildar Ferozepur Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur besides officials of various departments were present.