ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said that the government had done nothing so far to implement the recommendations of the All Parties Conference (APC) convened by Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) in Islamabad few days earlier.
He said that these recommendations are considered as the true voice of the farmers’ community and unanimously adopted by all the political parties present in the parliament including the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).
He said this in a statement issued on Wednesday and stressed the need for declaring agriculture emergency in the country for farmers and agriculture sector as demanded by the APC.
Wattoo said that the party would take this matter to the National Assembly (NA), Senate and provincial assemblies to demand implementation of the APC recommendations, as the PPP fully support the recommendations and demands of the growers and it is the only true representative party of the farmers.
He demanded that as per recommendation of the APC, government should fix an appropriate flat rate for the tube wells and should also fix the support price and procurement prices of agricultural commodities adding that the government should abolish all sorts of duties on the export of agricultural commodities and should purchase potatoes from the farmers. He suggested that the government should give first priority to agriculture sector in the country.
He regretted that the government did not understand the vital linkages between the development of agriculture and the development of the country. He said that the development of agriculture means the prosperity of the two-third population of the country because its livelihood depends on agriculture directly or indirectly.
The consensus had emerged among the farmers’ community that the incumbent government of the PML-N is to destroy the agricultural sector of the country, he added. He said that the government should open their ears and hear the voice of the 70 percent population of the country.
Wattoo further said that the industrial sector of Pakistan is largely agro-based adding that the textile industry contributed 60 percent of the total exports of the country for which raw material on affordable rates is provided by the agricultural sector in the form of raw cotton.
Source : Daily Times