Policy against farmers may result in food crisis, says PPP

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) fears there will be a severe food crisis in the country as a result of the government’s policy of ‘destroying farmers and growers economically’.

The party’s secretary-general and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed these fears during a meeting with a farmers’ delegation on Tuesday. “If the government does not pay heed to the problems of farmers, the country will soon face the worst kind of food crisis.”

The former prime minister said that the last PPP government had introduced food security through farmer-support programmes, because of which the country survived two severe floods during its tenure. “During the PPP government, two floods hit the country but the government not only provided financial assistance to farmers, it also managed to avoid a food crisis in the country,” he said.

He was of the view that farmers were not getting the reward for their hard work, while the prices of food grains and fertilisers were going up with each passing day.

Mr Ashraf said that workers, labourers and farmers always faced problems whenever the PML-N came into power. “It is highly unjustified that workers are being pushed to the wall,” he said.

He urged the government to pay due attention to the agriculture sector, adding that when his party comes into power again, it will provide justice to farmers by improving their conditions and resolving their problems.

CALL ATTENTION NOTICE: The PPP submitted a call attention notice in the National Assembly Secretariat on the reported losses to the steel industry due to imports from neighbouring countries.

The notice was signed by PPP MNAs Dr Nafisa Shah, Dr Azra Fazal, Dr Shazia Sobia, Aijaz Jakhrani and Shazia Marri.

It states that: “We the undersigned would like to invite the attention of the federal minister for commerce to a matter of urgent public importance regarding the losses being suffered by the steel industry due to unchecked imports from neighbouring countries.

“This is a serious matter causing grave concern among the public and needs to be discussed on the floor of the house.”

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