Punjab CM gives approval for mechanised cotton pickers

Press Trust of India Jalandhar | Updated on August 02, 2013 Published on August 02, 2013

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod to introduce mechanised cotton pickers in 53 blocks falling in 10 districts of the cotton belt of the State on a trial basis.

A decision to this effect was taken after a team from Gujarat gave the demonstration regarding these cotton picking machines to the Chief Minister here, said an official release.

Notably, during a recent visit of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi to Punjab, Badal had discussed with him the problems faced by the cotton cultivators of the state in picking the harvest.

During the deliberations, Modi had assured the Chief Minister that he would soon send a high level team from the state to solve this problem.

On the directions of Modi, an expert team from Gujarat gave presentation to the Chief Minister regarding the machine.

The team apprised the Chief Minister that this ‘handy machine’ with back up eight hours could perform during the farming operations.

The Chief Minister asked the members of the team to visit the state during the cotton season in the month of February and give demonstration to farmers regarding the operation of this machine.

He said if the machines were successful then the State Government would launch it throughout the cotton belt of the State.

Badal said that these machines would be distributed to the farmers for the trail and once it was successful then, it would be launched in the state from the next cotton season.

Published on August 02, 2013
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