Pakistan: Wheat growers demonstrate across country for start of procurement drive

Published May 23, 2024

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Wheat farmers in Pakistan staged protests in 30 districts, demanding the start of procurement and the arrest of those involved in a scam during the interim setup. The protests were led by the Pakistan Kisan Rabita Committee and held in cities including Lahore, Karachi, and Quetta. The farmers presented a charter of demands including the immediate purchase of wheat, market regulation for fair prices, withdrawal of grain import policy for the private sector, minimum support price for all crops, and compensation for farmers affected by the scandal.
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Wheat growers held demonstrations in 30 districts across the country on Tuesday demanding start of procurement drive and arrest of those involved in the scam committed during the interim set up. The demonstrations were held on the call of the Pakistan Kisan Rabita Committee. In Punjab, farmers gathered Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Jhang, Pakpattan, Chiniot, Kasur, Khanewal, Bahawalnagar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Burewala, Chishtian and Jampur. In Sindh, the growers took came out on streets in Karachi, Shikarpur, Nawabshah, Qamber, Shahdadkot, Nowshehru Feroze, Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Sanghar and Shahpur Chakar. In Balochistan, protests were held in Quetta and Jhal Magsi, and in Peshawar and Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Lahore, hundreds of farmers, including men, women and youth, assembled in front of the Punjab Assembly on The Mall. They demanded the Punjab government to immediately begin wheat procurement. Addressing the demonstrators, committee general secretary Farooq Tariq ...
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