Interests of sugarcane growers to be protected: Punjab CM

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Amraiz Khan

Lahore

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that the government will ensure the protection of sugarcane farmers’ interests and growers will be given the full reward of their hard work. No stone will be left unturned to protect the rights of sugarcane farmers; he reiterated and added that their rights will be protected in future as well. No one will be allowed to usurp the rights of the farmers.
He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting at his office here on Wednesday in which start of sugarcane crushing season and steps taken for payments to the growers were reviewed. The meeting also considered different proposals for reviewing the sugarcane support price for the current season. The final approval of increasing the sugarcane support price will be given by the Punjab cabinet.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister said that deduction in sugarcane weight will never be allowed and indiscriminate action will be initiated on such complaints, he added. Usman Buzdar said the PTI government is a farmers’ friendly in every respect and the government is striving for increasing the farmers’ income as well as the promotion of the agriculture sector. Punjab is an agrarian province and development of agricultural economy on modern lines is the priority of the government, concluded the chief minister.
The chief minister was briefed that five lac metric ton sugar stock is available and production of around 35 lac metric ton sugar is expected after the crushing season. Provincial ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal, Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan Shah, Samiullah Chaudhary, Nauman Langiral, ACS, provincial secretaries and others attended the meeting.