Chandigarh: After the Haryana government raised cane price by Rs 45 per quintal following farmers' protest, now a similar demand has come from Punjab farmers on Monday as they have sought hike in price from the SAD-BJP government.

Farmers led by Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) on Monday raised a demand for matching increase in cane price by the Punjab government.

"Punjab government should now raise the cane price as increased by Haryana government after farmers successfully held a stir across the state in view of low price," Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president of BKU said in Punjab.

"If Punjab government also raises cane rate, then it will help the government in achieving crop diversification across the state," he said justifying the demand for raise in the wake of exorbitant increase in input cost.

Lakhowal said BKU will raise the demand for increase in cane price with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal soon. At present rate, cane price in Punjab for 2012-13 is Rs 250 per quintal for early maturing varieties, Rs 240 for mid-maturing varieties and Rs 235 for late maturing varieties.

The Haryana government had on Sunday raised the overall cane price by Rs 45 per quintal on all varieties for 2012-13 which led to an end of over a week-long state cane farmers' stir over low rates.

The rate of early variety of sugarcane would now be Rs 276 against the last year's price of Rs 231 per quintal. Similarly, the rate of mid variety would be Rs 271 instead of Rs 226 per quintal and that of late variety Rs 266 instead of Rs 221 per quintal.

Earlier, the Haryana government had fixed the rate for 2012-13 at Rs 251 per quintal for early maturing varieties, Rs 240 for mid-maturing varieties and Rs 235 for late maturing varieties, which forced sugarcane farmers to hold statewide stir.

The farmers' agitation in Haryana had led to cane crushing at sugarmills coming to a halt after farmers stopped the supply of cane to sugarmills.

(Agencies)

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