Farmers sow wheat in hope of higher revenue

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 20:59 IST

With basmati failing to fetch the expected prices, farmers are now sowing wheat with a hope that the new crop would meet their targets.

While 20% paddy is yet to be harvested, the sowing of wheat is on in full swing following rainfall which has advanced wheat sowing by about a fortnight. 80% of the sowing has been completed by farmers of the district.

The officials of the agriculture department are hopeful that the district will achieve the target of sowing wheat in an area of 2.84 lakh hectare in the next 10 days.

"Sangrur district has won three national awards in per acre yield of wheat for the past three consecutive years. With the efforts of farmers, Sangrur may get another award next year," said chief agriculture officer Rajinder Singh Sohi.

He added, "Despite the fall in area, the production is likely to remain around 15.63 lakh tonnes in the next year, a little lower than the 15.67 lakh tonnes last year."
Sohi said the area under wheat was likely to reduce this year as rise in the area under sugarcane was likely after fall in the prices of basmati.

With the production of 5,498 kgs per hectare wheat, Sangrur district has claimed the top spot for the second consecutive year in wheat production per hectare in the country and also in wheat yield for the third consecutive year.

The district, for more than four decades, has been contributing a large quantity of wheat and rice to the central pool.

However, farmers are complaining that despite efforts, they are not getting proper remuneration for their produce due to lack of policies for crops.

"Farmers work day and night to increase production but neither the state nor the central government is taking their concerns seriously," said farmer leader Niranjan Singh, state secretary of BKU (Rajowal).

"The steep fall in the prices of basmati and a nominal increase of Rs 50 in the MSP of wheat is enough to show that farmers are at the receiving end till the government implements recommendation of the Swaminathan Commission," he added.

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