By admin       2016-09-22

The increase in the cotton prices has brought smile on the faces of cotton farmers this season.A total of 13,512 quintals of cotton crop arrived in grain markets till today and entire crop was procured. Only in Bathinda around 2,780 quintals of cotton was procured yesterday.The farmers had borne a huge loss in the last season due to the damaged cotton crop and the number of farmers allegedly committed suicide due to the debt mounted on them after this crop loss.The price of the crop has touched Rs 5,900 per quintal and this has made the farmers happy. The farmers say after this year’s crop, they will be able to pay their loan to some extent which was taken for the crop.However, they also admitted the last year’s loss cannot be fully covered with this profit as last year’s damage, due to whitefly, jolted them badly.“It will take some time for us to recover from the last year’s loss. The farmers who had not taken any land on lease and received Rs 8,000 compensation from the government for the loss, they may recover from their last year’s loss. Those farmers who had taken a piece land on lease for the cotton crop and faced a huge damage will not be completely able to recover from their losses. However, this time they will only be able to pay their loans taken for this season’s crop,” said Ram Singh Bhenibagha, president of Bharatiya Kissan Union Mansa.We have been demanding MSP of cotton above Rs 9,000 from the government. If Swaminathan Report will be implemented then fifty per cent profit will be given to farmers on the increased price and that may cross Rs 14,000 per quintal,” Ram Singh added.Bathinda District Mandi Officer Kuldip Singh Brar said, “Around 13,512 quintals of cotton have been procured and farmers are happy this time. Private players like the Cotton Corporation of India and others have purchased cotton at good price which benefited the farmers. However, the area under cotton has decreased a lot this year in Bathinda. We are expecting less than 3 lakh quintals of cotton, which will reach in grain markets, in comparison to last year’s production. Last year, we had witnessed around 4, 72, 410 quintals of cotton.”

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