Pakistan. KBP urges government to solve farmers' problems

31.08.2016

The Kissan Board Pakistan (KBP) has warned the Punjab government of resuming protests if the government did not fulfil its promises to solve farmers' problems within next 15 days. This ultimatum was issued by the newly elected KBP President Chaudhry Nisar Ahmad while talking to media persons here on Tuesday after the Board's General Council meeting. The Board would utilise all its resources and energies for resolving the multiple problems of the agriculture sector.

"The government had assured immediate payment to sugarcane growers by the millers, exemption of growers having less than 12 acres of land from levy of agricultural income tax, fixing of flat electricity rates for tube wells installed for agricultural purposes.

The General Council meeting was attended by the Board representatives from all the four provinces including Rizwan Ullah Khan Mohamand (KP), Abdul Samad Safi (KP), Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmad Gujjar (Punjab), Malik Ramzan Rohari, Haji Muhammad Ramzan and others. The outgoing KBP president Sadiq Khan Khakwani took oath from the new president and also announced full support to the new team. He urged the government to formulate an action plan to end looting of growers by the millers and hold an inquiry by a judge of the Supreme Court about non-payment of outstanding dues to the growers by sugar millers and lesser payments of their produce.


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