Imran destroyed the agricultural sector: Bilawal
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari criticized the federal government for the devastation of the agricultural sector, adding that it is shameful that an agrarian country has been forced to import cotton, sugar and wheat.
In a statement on Friday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan has brought us to the brink of collapse and if Khan does not change his anti-farm policy then farmers will be on the front line. in our protest against the government. ”
He said the simultaneous importation of wheat, sugar and cotton was a testament to the incompetence of the federal government which also marked a dark day in the country’s history. He pointed out that cotton production in Pakistan had fallen 34 percent to its lowest level in 30 years. “Pakistan’s famous textile industry was also on the verge of collapse due to the cotton crisis,” he added.
The PPP chairman said the “selected” prime minister had imposed an agricultural emergency with a budget of 65 billion rupees, which was nowhere implemented. He added that cotton, chilli, tomato, onion, rice, sugar cane and other crops were affected in the recent rains, but the government has offered no incentives or compensation to them. farmers.
He said farmers have struggled to repay their farm loans, and fertilizer prices have also skyrocketed. Bilawal said Imran Khan laughed at the people saying that everything was fine, adding that the PTI government’s inept agricultural policies had led tomato farmers to throw away their harvest for nothing and the prime minister remained indifferent to the matter.
The PPP chairman said that when his party took over the leadership of the federal government, wheat was bought overseas, but within a year Pakistan became a wheat-exporting country. However, he said that the PTI scheme, instead of compensating farmers at the rate of Rs 2,000 per 40 kilograms of wheat, decided to import lower quality wheat at Rs 2,750 per 40 kg. He said the story would not be kind to the Prime Minister and it would be written that as farmers protest Modi in Delhi, farmers in Lahore might start protesting Pakistani Modi, “Imran Khan” . He said that Imran Khan politicized the police in Lahore and martyred a farmer during their protest, when the police harshly handled the peaceful protest of the peasant movement.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the government that if electricity could be subsidized for industries, then why not for the agricultural sector. He called for urgent measures to be taken to provide aid to the agricultural sector, otherwise a new crisis would soon affect the country.