Jhoraran,(Ludhiana) Sept 14 (UNI) Punjab Minister for Cooperation and Defense Services Kanwaljit Singh today stated that cooperative department has chalked out a special plan to establish an effective marketing system for the different crops adopted by the farmers under the diversification plan so that the farmers could get maximum profit.
'' For this purpose a high-power body "Special Purpose Vehicle" has also been set up,'' Capt Singh while addressing a meeting to commemorate the death anniversary of Shaheed Hav. Isher Singh, a martyr of Saragarhi post, at village Jhorran, today.
Hav. Isher Singh, along with other 21 soldiers of 36 Sikh Battalion Native Bengal Infantry ( 4- Sikh) sacrificed his life while bravely fighting with more than 800 invaders in 1897.
The Cooperative Minister said that the state government was committed to protect the interest of the farmers and the Cooperative department through cooperative societies would provide the latest technologies and equipment for production and processing of crops and marketing at the national and inter national level would be ensured to enhance the income of the farmers.
He disclosed that a composite vegetables and fruits processing plant was being set up at focal point Ludhiana by MARKFED at a cost of Rs 20 crore shortly.
Capt. Singh said that the state government had sought the rollback of 2 per cent enhancement in the interest rate of agriculture loans announced by the Centre and apprised the Prime Minister and Finance Minister about the disastrous affect of this enhancement on the already debt-ridden farmers.
The Minister informed that the government has decided to run the cooperative sugar mills in cooperative and private partnership to make them viable by ensuring the maximum flow of finances from private sector and to avoid the monopolization.
He said that the cooperative and private partnership was the only way out to ensure the Minimum Purchase Price of sugarcane fixed by state government to the farmers.
He said that in case the sugarmills were handed over to the private sector, only the minimum rates of Rs. 75 per qtl fixed by the Centre could be provided to the farmers, which were much lower than fixed by the state at Rs. 135 per qtl.
He said that the Punjab Sugar Mills at present were having very low-crushing capacity, which is unviable and with the private partnership, the crushing capacity of the mills would substantially be increased.
Capt Singh said that effective steps were being taken to enhance the efficiency, management, production quality and marketing skills in the MARKFED and MILKFED to develop these institutions competitive to the other such national and international organisations.