Govt will leave no stone unturned for protection of rights of farmers: minister

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LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yaseen pledged on Saturday to continue surprise visits to sugar mills till the end of the crushing season. He said that the government will leave no stone unturned for protection of rights of the farmers.

He was talking to representatives of sugarcane growers at Sugar Mills on Saturday.  He visited Hunza and Hussain Sugar Mills in Tehsil Chak Jhumra and Jaranwala and resolved the issues of growers of less payment on the occasion.

Advisor to the Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Rai Haider Ali Kharal, Assistant Commissioners (AC) Sheheryar Arif and Afifa Najia, police officers and other officials also accompanied the minister.

Bilal Yaseen said that on the special instructions of CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, entire administration has mobilized to protect the rights of sugarcane growers and the issues of less payment and illegal reduction in weight are being resolved on the spot.

He assured the farmers of all relief from the government and directed the district administration to strictly follow weighing standards and the set prices of sugarcane (Rs180 per 40kg).

The Minister Food said agriculture makes a major part of the national economy and the welfare of farmers is in the best interests of the country while appreciating CM’s Kissan Package (Farmer’s Package).

ACs of both tehsils gave monitoring reports on the crushing season to the provincial minister.