Amid delay in crop lifting, farmers face hardships in Mansa grain markets
With delay in lifting of wheat, farmers have to brave a lot of hardships in the grain markets of villages in Mansa. A visit to the grain markets in the villages of the district revealed problems of lack of space, no power supply and presence of stray cattle in the open.punjab Updated: Apr 22, 2017 13:45 IST
With delay in lifting of wheat, farmers have to brave a lot of hardships in the grain markets of villages in Mansa. A visit to the grain markets in the villages of the district revealed problems of lack of space, no power supply and presence of stray cattle in the open.
The grain market near Khyala Kalan village caters to the farmers of three adjoining villages and is situated close to the Mansa-Chandigarh highway. The farmers have been staying in the grain market for the last ten days hoping swift lifting of their wheat grain. “Our village has sent a cabinet minister -- Baldev Singh Khyala -- in the past and this is the only claim to fame for our village. But, despite all this, the grain market has no boundary wall and also lacks adequate space for all farmers,” said Binder Singh from Khyala Kalan.
The grain markets in most of the villages have no boundary walls making it easier for the stray cattle to enter markets. Farmers complained that despite repeated requests, the district administration has not been able to check the menace of stray cattle. Most of the farmers had to carry water bottles with them as they alleged that the water supply from the market committee was unfit for drinking. Some portions of the grain market in the village do not have concrete floor to spread the crop. “The grain market has no roof and we have to opt for some makeshift arrangement to save ourselves from the scorching heat. During the night, the electric bulbs, installed by the market committee, do not function,” said another farmer Kala Singh. The situation remains the same in many other grain markets in other villages of the district.
The market committee officials, however, didn’t agree to the allegations levelled by the farmers and said that they have ensured proper services in all the grain markets. “The arrangements made by the department are up to the mark and everything is alright,” said Balkar Singh, secretary of the market committee in Mansa.
Deputy commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta echoed the same and said that lifting of the wheat grain will be started soon. “The problem arises due to the arrival of a lot of produce at a time. But we will sort out the issue soon.”