Chandigarh: The scheme to encourage cultivation of vegetables under controlled atmosphere, seems have fallen flat with a large number of farmers have decided to say good bye to poly-house farming in Malwa region. Feeling betrayed by the Punjab government on the name of subsidy and the companies hired by the government, nearly 30 poly-house farmers from Patiala, Sangrur, Rampura Phull, Mansa, Bhathinda, and certain other district on Sunday held a meeting in Bathinda and lodged their grievances.
The farmers claimed to have been facing huge loss for the past couple of years as the yield of their poly-houses has failed to serve the purpose. They claimed that the poly-house farming was not feasible in Punjab due to unsuitable climatic conditions. The poly-houses are successful only in parts of Hoshiapur, Pathankot, Nawanshar and Ropar districts. Rakesh Sahara, a Bathinda based farmer who have set up nine poly-house, lamented that the poly-house farming was never profitable for him. “In fact the poly-house farming has dragged a lot of farmers heavy under debts as they are unable to repay the loan-installment to the concerned banks,” said Sahara.Gurcharan Singh, another farmer, was of the view that the margin of profit was in negative against the huge investments on setting up of a poly-house. Moreover, the marketing was another major unresolved issue, he added. The affected farmers have decided to take up their grievances with the Punjab Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Director Agriculture, after a meeting of the poly-house farmers called at Patiala.
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