As harvesting season approaches, villagers are inclined to farmers’ crops as they protest at borders

JAGSEER SINGH Chhiniwal, a farmer chief from BKU Sidhupur, has been on the Singhu border since November 26. Again in his village Chhiniwal in Barnala, the villagers have be certain that his crops are nicely taken care of.

“I’ll return after finishing 100 days at the least. I had sown wheat crop earlier than coming to the borders and now it’s being taken care by the villagers solely. They ship me footage or movies of my fields regularly. Harvesting is to occur close to Baisakhi, however I don’t have to fret as a result of they’re there to maintain my crop and might deal with harvesting as nicely.”

He added, “Each week, 17-18 individuals from our village go to borders out of greater than 3,500 voters and harvesting operations are a matter of 2-3 weeks, so we are able to simply deal with one another’s load, if anybody is on the border. Our 15-20 member village committee can be there to supervise so nobody’s work suffers.”

Like Chhiniwal, conferences are occurring in lots of villages of Punjab as easy methods to deal with harvesting operations forward and in addition when many villagers can be heading to different states like UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha to function combines within the fields of farmers of these states.

Manjeet Dhaner, vice-president of BKU Dakaunda, mentioned, “I did a gathering with the farmers at Tikri border Wednesday afternoon the place we mentioned how they are going to be managing harvesting, procurement again in villages and even protest at borders. Ladies can be coming in giant numbers to the dharna website on March 8 and later their quantity can be restricted as they need to deal with operations like milking, taking good care of the labour doing harvesting, making/storing wheat straw and so forth. In joint households, girls will are available turns however in nuclear households we are going to take this into consideration that works again residence are additionally necessary.”

Dharampal Singh, president of BKU Ugrahan, Sangat block, in Bathinda, mentioned, “In our block, now we have determined that in harvesting time, lots of aged can be on the borders. Furthermore, our village committees will maintain one another’s works as nicely. Wheat harvesting will not be very labour intensive. It’s extra mechanical and later wheat straw is to be made and saved in homes as nicely. Our numbers at borders won’t cut back, that’s for positive.”

Younger farmer Randeep Singh Sangatpura from Sangatpura village of Sangrur district mentioned, “In our village now we have determined that if a son is on the border, the daddy can be at residence to handle harvesting and procurement or vice-versa.In any other case, their kinfolk and the neighbourhood as nicely. Our outdated feeling of brotherhood is again in villages after a long time all because of this motion wheat crop was dealt with in your entire season like this solely. So now we take all the pieces as a problem and keep at protest websites in Punjab or at Delhi borders as nicely.”

There can be motion of villagers from each sector to earn their residing. Even the farm labour from Punjab can be shifting to Rajasthan for harvesting of inexperienced gram. “However rotation of 15 villagers at borders will carry on occurring each week,” mentioned Jagseer Singh Kothaguru, from Kothaguru village of Bathinda. He added, “As of now we’re additionally busy with remodifications of our trolleys to make them geared up for the summer season season.some funds are additionally being collected to those modifications as nicely.”

In the meantime, throughout harvesting, trolleys can be wanted in Punjab as nicely however once more, pooling system can be adopted in order that some trolleys can keep again at borders as nicely.

“Folks themselves are volunteering their trolleys for collective harvesting/ procurement operations and in addition to be parked at borders.therefore it won’t be a difficulty in any respect.Individuals are additionally donating funds per acre.and extra can be executed after harvesting as nicely,” mentioned Dhaner.

“Our unity is our power and this may deal with harvesting operations in a seamless method whereas protests proceed,” he added.

In accordance with Punjab’s agriculture division, a complete of 35.05 lakh hectares underneath wheat crop can be harvested in April.


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