What happens when standing wheat crop which needs more time on earth comes in the way of the Prime Minister’s grand meeting with farmers?
Get rid of them, ordered village revenue officials: said a farmer who says he has been compelled to go for early harvest of their wheat crop spread across 6 acres to pave way for the grand rally of farmers on February 18 in Sherpur village of Sehore district.
The meet is called to mark the recently announced crop insurance scheme of the central government.
Surendra Parmar, one of the farmers of Sherpur village, said: “My family, including me, my brother Rajendra and nephew Kapil, has been directed by the patwari and tehsildar (both revenue officials) to harvest the standing wheat crop and clear the harvested crop loads by Tuesday”.
“Two days ago the officials made our family and two others farmers sign on papers which read that we were cutting the crops on our own volition,” Surendra told HT over phone.
He said his nephew had already cut standing wheat crop in 2 acres, while he too has cut crop on one acre.
“We’ve to cut the remaining crop in 3 more acres by Tuesday and use hired labourers to clear the harvested lot,” he said.
The farmer said had they not been asked to cut the crop, they would have harvested it at least 10 days later as it’s yet to ripe.
“The premature crop will fetch less price in the market. We don’t know whether we’ll be compensated for the loss or not,” Surendra said.
Sehore district collector Sudam Khade denied that any farmer had been forced to go for premature harvest of the standing crop.
“Not even a single inch of standing crop is being cut either for the venue or the parking lot as the major portion of land being used for the programme is government land, including 150 acres for parking,” the Sehore collector said.