Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today announced that every cotton cultivator who has suffered loss due to attack of Pink Bollworm attack will be duly compensated by the government.The Chief Minister, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, today undertook whirlwind tour of the cotton belt in the Malwa region of the state to assess the loss.At village Nasibpura and Kataar Singh Wala, the Chief Minister asked the officers of Agriculture and farmers welfare department to set up various labs across the state to test and certify seed quality so as to prevent recurrence of such pest attacks.
Mr Channi asked the officers to pump in all the resources in terms of best available insecticides and pesticides to save the precious crop of the farmers from these attacks.The Chief Minister unequivocally said that the state government is solidly behind the farmers in this hour of crisis. He said that every single penny of the loss incurred by the farmers will be credited directly into their accounts by the Punjab government. Mr Channi asked the officer to complete the survey of the loss at the earliest so that farmers can be duly compensated.The Chief Minister said that the first target is to check the further spread of this attack by taking the necessary preventive measures. He asked the officers to pull all the plugs and ensure the loss to farmers is minimised. Mr Channi assured the farmers that the state government is fully committed for safeguarding their interests in this hour of crisis.