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Farmers cheer as Covid-hit labourers return for harvest

Sameer Singh

Press Reporter News Service

Bathinda, October 2

Farmers within the Malwa area are completely happy to see migrant staff, who had left for his or her native villages within the wake of Covid-19, return for paddy harvesting and procurement season.

Ramu Kaka, a migrant labourer on the grain market in Bathinda, mentioned: “I returned to my village in Bihar, however with no supply of earnings I couldn’t organize two sq. meals for my members of the family. So, when markets began to open, I made a decision to return to Punjab for paddy harvesting and procurement season.”

One other migrant labourer, Deen Dyal from UP, mentioned, “I needed to take the Covid-19 check twice — as soon as at my house state after which in Delhi earlier than reaching Bathinda. I had no various, however to return to maintain my household.” Labourers are upbeat as their wages for loading and unloading of agricultural produce have additionally been elevated.

Many arhtiyas within the area had made preparations for the protected journey of migrant labourers again to the state.

In a grain market at Goniana block, Jaspal Singh, a farmer, mentioned, “Farmers have breathed a sigh of aid as migrant labourers have returned in the course of the paddy procurement season.”

One other farmer mentioned, “Through the wheat procurement season, we needed to rely on native labourers, who weren’t as exhausting working and dependable as migrant staff.”

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