Govt committed to facilitate sugarcane growers: Minister

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From Business Correspondent

MULTAN: Provincial Minister for Agriculture Nauman Langrial has said the Punjab government will facilitate sugarcane growers especially ensuring timely payments of recommended prices in the coming season.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, he said that he had held meeting with sugarcane association and discussed the matter of timely and recommended provision of payments to sugarcane growers. The sugarcane association apprised the minister that they had a stock of 150,000 ton sugar and after it get exported then they would continue to offer timely payments to growers.

The provincial minister further informed that the government was also working on the promotion of sunflower and canola by offering subsidy to farmers. Similarly, the work is also being done for making crop zones across the province. He said the agriculture department would also create awareness about different profit generating crops among farmers. There are some crops which could offer handsome returns to farmers and farmers were not paying heed towards these crops, he said. Nauman Langrial said the government was also enhancing water tax from Rs 135 to Rs 500 as it had to bear immense expenses amounting Rs 30 billion, on de-silting of canals every year.

Responding to a query about substandard fertilizers, he informed that heavy fine would be imposed on outlaws in this regard. The prices of cotton would not be less than Rs 3400, he stated. The minister lamented that funds were not utilized properly during last regime. The funds of agriculture sector were used in Orange Line and Metro Bus Service. On this occasion, officials of agriculture department were also present.

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