Saturday, January 20, 2018

Haryana to procure maize, bajra and sunflower on MSP

 Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that Maize will also be procured  on Minimum Support Price in Haryana after the government’s decision to  restart  the procurement  of bajra and sunflower seeds on Minimum Support Price (MSP) which was discontinued by the previous government. The Bajra and Maize so purchased would be utilized under Public Distribution System (PDS).
          Mr Manohar Lal was addressing a well attended gathering after laying the foundation stone of new cooperative sugar mill in Karnal today.
          He said that with the setting up of new cooperative sugar mill, 60 lakh quintal of sugarcane would be crushed during the crushing season besides generating 15 MW of electricity. Out of the total electricity produced by this mill, 10.50 MW would be sold to the power utilities which would generate an additional income of Rs 15 crore to the sugar mill.
        Earlier, he was presented with cheques of Rs 50 crore each by Chairman, HARCO Bank, Mr Gulshan Bhatia and Chairman, Hafed, Mr Harwinder Kalyan as a financial assistance for the setting up of this new sugar mill.
          While describing today as a historical day for the people of the area , the Chief Minister said that a sum of Rs 225 crore would be spent on this Mill and it would benefit the farmers of 232 villages of Karnal and Panipat districts where sugarcane cultivation has been done over 20,000 acres this year. This Sugar Mill would be made operational within one-and-a-half year, he added. He said that the new sugar mill would have a capacity of 3500 Tonnes of Cane per Day (TPD) where crushing of 60 lakh quintals of sugarcane would be made thus benefiting the farmers of the area in a big way. He said that this new sugar mill would be different from other mills as sugar produced in this mill would be more refined.
               Mr Manohar Lal said that the State Government has prepared a scheme to achieve the target set by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi to make double the income of farmers by the year 2022. He said that capacity of all those sugar mills would be enhanced which are running under their capacity in the State. The Sugar Mill at Panipat would be shifted to a new place and its capacity would be enhanced upto 5000 MCD. Similarly, the crushing capacity of 1600 ton of sugarcane per day of Sonipat Sugar Mill would be enhanced to 2200 ton of sugarcane per day. This would help in increasing the sugarcane cultivation and also prevent the farmers from distress sale. The government is making efforts to ensure that the farmers earn income of Rs one lakh per acre, he added. He said that the State Government is giving sugarcane rate of Rs 330 per quintal which is highest in the country.
          He said that with a view to ensure that the farmers sell their produce online in any part of the State and on remunerative prices, the State  Government has made 54 mandis online whereas the  remaining 54 mandis would soon be made online. He also exhorted the farmers to switch over to micro irrigation to flood irrigation to save water adding that the subsidy on micro irrigation has been increased from 60 per cent to 80 per cent.
          He also listed out various other schemes implemented for the welfare of farmers including Bhavantar Bharpai Yonja and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
          Earlier speaking on this occasion, Minister of State for Cooperation Mr Manish Kumar Grover said that the State Government has made a payment of Rs 1088 crore to the sugar mills in the State during the last three years whereas the previous government has made a payment of only Rs 600 crore in seven years from 2007 to 2014. He said that it was for the first time in 37 years when as a Cooperation Minister, he has visited all cooperative sugar mills in the State and interacted with the sugarcane growers.
          Minister of State for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj thanked the Chief Minister for giving a new sugar mill to the farmers of the area. He said that the State Government is contemplating to implement a scheme under which solar plants would be set up on the tube wells so that the farmers do not require to pay electricity bills. Moreover, the farmers would be able to sell the additional electricity to the power grids. To bigin with, this scheme would be implemented in Indri in Karnal, he added.
          Chairman Hafed, Mr Harwinder Kalyan, Chairman SugarFed Mr Chander Prakash Kathuria and MLA Assandh Mr Bakshish Singh also spoke on this occasion.

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