A delegation of agitating farmers will meet officials of Punjab government on Saturday in Chandigarh to put forth their demand for cotton growers.
This comes as the indefinite dharna of farmers in support of higher compensation for farmers whose cotton crop has been damaged in whitefly pest attack — entered it 16th day on Friday in Bathinda.
Dharnas have also started at 18 more places in Punjab.
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Farmers said they will demand Rs 40,000 per acre compensation for cotton crop loss in whitefly pest attack while
Rs 20,000 per acre for farm labourers who had no job.
The farmers said they will seek minimum price for 1509 basmati at Rs 4,500 per quintal while Rs 5,000 per quintal for 1121 basmati variety, which is not being picked by private shellers or price of less than Rs 1,200 is being offered in mandis.