Farmers today welcomed the increase in the SAP of sugarcane by Rs 50 per quintal, terming it a historic achievement of their collective struggle. The protest at Dhannowali railway tracks and Jalandhar-Phagwara highway finally ended with the distribution of sweets.
“With the cost of production of sugarcane pegged at around Rs 470 per quintal, the SAP of Rs 310 a quintal was unjustified. We fought a collective battle and succeeded in getting the price hiked to at least Rs 360 per quintal,” said another farm leader.
With the protest in Jalandhar over, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) now aims to further intensify the protest on the Delhi-Haryana borders. Farmer leaders urged all protesters to head to Delhi morchas and strengthen the movement there.
Thousands of farmers from various states are ready to assemble for two important events of the SKM. The registration is on for a national convention on August 26 and 27 at the Singhu border. The organising committee of SKM stated there would be three sessions on August 26 and two on August 27 to further intensify the movement.