Pakistan: SCA intends to scale up protests against onion & tomato imports

The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) is a provincial farmer lobby group. It has given a 6-day deadline to the government to ban the import of tomatoes and onions and allow export of the same.

On Saturday, the SCA organised a protest rally, led by its President Syed Miran Muhammad Shah, which started from the Sindh University Old Campus. The chamber warned that if their demands were not accepted, they would take recourse to an intensified form of protest in which they would block the entry of the trucks carrying imported tomatoes and onions for delivery in Sindh.

Speaking on the occasion, Shah said the protest was against the government's import policy which had severely affected the farmers of Sindh who had produced bumper crops of tomatoes and onions. He alleged that the government knew well that the bumper crops of the two vegetables were going to be produced in Sindh and despite that it allowed the imports from Iran and Afghanistan.

Shah rejected the government's pretext of shortage of the 2 crops in the country for allowing the imports, saying that the country was in a position to export those crops.

"Sindh's farmers are already suffering from the impacts of the water shortage and torrential rains which they suffered earlier this year. The low price for their crops has only added further to their financial losses," he said.


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