Monday, 17 November 2014

Kisan Ittehad calls off protest after meeting chief minister Punjab

A delegation of Kisan Ittehad led by Khalid Khokhar met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Monday and called off their protest. Talking to the delegation, Shahbaz Sharif assured that all necessary steps will be taken for the uplift of agriculture sector and resolving genuine problems of farmers. He said that the subsidy rate will continue on agri tube-well for facilitating farmers in the province. Hundred percent payments of dues to the sugarcane farmers by the sugar mills will be ensured within seven days, he added.

The Chief Minister said that the price of seed for wheat crop will also be reduced for the farmers and cultivators will get relief through this farmer-friendly decision. He said that the prices of rice and cotton will be stabilised through purchase by the government. He disclosed that a 2-day agri-conference will be held in December.

Shahbaz Sharif said that agriculture is the backbone of the economy and the government will protect interests of the farmers at all costs. He said that national economy can be strengthened through promotion of agriculture and if farmer will be prosperous, then country will progress. He said that besides government, it is also responsibility of the farmers to present practicable suggestions for increasing agriculture production.

The Chief Minister assured the delegation that federal government will be approached for resolving those matters which relate to it. He directed to constitute a committee for resolving problems of farmers and added that this committee should consider all aspects and submit practicable solution of the matters within next few days. He said that no negligence with regard to hundred percent payments of dues to the farmers by sugar mills will be tolerated. Shahbaz Sharif said that farmers should come forward for the development and uplift of agriculture in the province and he is ready to provide all out resources for the promotion of agriculture.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2014

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