Gurdaspur, October 9, PPCC president and party’s nominee for the Gurdaspur by-poll, Sunil Jakhar, has said that farmers in the state would get additional Rs 40,000 per acre this year due to the prevailing high prices of paddy.Lauding Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, for his efforts to make farming viable for the distressed farmers of the state by ensuring high prices for their yield, Jakhar said that the paddy variety of 1509, which was sold at Rs 900 per quintal last year, is fetching Rs 2600 plus per quintal this year.
He said similarly, the paddy variety of 1121, which was sold off at Rs 1400 per quintal last year, is expected to touch Rs 3500 per quintal this year. He said the high rates of paddy would result in an additional profit for the Punjab farmers. The Chief Minister assured Jakhar that he had issued instructions for immediate release of payment to the farmers, without further delay, following the CCL sanction by the Centre.
Jakhar along with other ministers and MLAs of the region also thanked the Chief Minister for making smooth arrangements for paddy procurement in the current season. He assured the farmers that their payments would be made within 48 hours of their paddy being lifted by the procurement agencies.
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