Farmers suffer loss as rain damages cotton crop in shelterless Bathinda market
Moderate rain in the city on Friday night caused a huge loss to farmers as they got lesser price for their cotton crop in the market after it got drenched.punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2014 23:46 IST
Moderate rain in the city on Friday night caused a huge loss to farmers as they got lesser price for their cotton crop in the market after it got drenched.
Farmers alleged that non-availability of sheds in the cotton market has resulted in loss to them as, despite having covered the crop, it got drenched with rain water resulting in purchasers reducing the price immediately.
Shamsher Singh, a cotton grower from Jodhpur Romana village, alleged that as the place for keeping the cotton is at the ground level their crop got wet in rain. There are also no sheds in the market, he said.
Another farmer Jaswinder Singh from Gehri Bhaggi village said: "Already cotton growers are facing the brunt of very low prices compared to that of last year and, on Saturday, rain added salt to their wounds," he said, blaming the market committee for the situation, which has not built any sheds to save the crop from vagaries of weather.
Secretary of the market committee Harpyar Singh had said a few days ago that the cotton market was constructed under a Central government scheme in which the state government too had contributed, but the scheme didn't have the provision of having sheds.
"I had written to the state government last year for allowing setting up shed and will write again. If the government will permit us we will certainly build sheds," he had said.