No Happy Harvesting | Punjab

Harvesting the wheat crop just became expensive in Punjab. With the polling in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh spread over seven phases, Punjab’s farmers are facing difficulties in getting farm hands-traditionally sourced from these two Hindi heartland states.

Most of them have gone home on an extended ‘election holiday’. Landowners in the southern and southwestern districts, where the harvest season has begun, say the shortage has pushed up costs from Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per acre.


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