Pakistan takes steps to protect wheat farmers

10.05.2018

Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab, has issued an order restricting the role of middlemen in the wheat procurement process in Pakistan, according to an article in the Pakistan Observer.

In an effort to end what he said has been the exploitation of wheat farmers in Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif told attendees at a meeting on May 8 that he would personally monitor wheat procurement in every district.

“Strict monitoring should be ensured in every district to eliminate the role of middlemen and strict legal action be initiated against the middlemen that exploit the farmers,” Shehbaz Sharif said.

According to the article in the Pakistan Observer, Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to take action against named parties whenever a complaint is received concerning the distribution of gunny bags.

“Farmers are my brothers and protection of their interests had been ensured,” he said.

Shehbaz Sharif said ministers, advisers, special assistants and secretaries will be responsible for overseeing the wheat procurement process.


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