Pakistan farmers' lobbying group calls for protests against tomato & onion imports

The Sindh Abadgar Ittehad is a Pakistani farmers' lobbying group. On January 14, the group has put out a call for starting province-wide protests against the import of tomatoes and onions. At a meeting of the group on Saturday, chaired by its President Nawaz Zubair Talpur, the farmers appealed Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the imports which had been causing financial losses to Sindh's growers.

The farmers said Sindh began to produce bumper crops of tomatoes and onions from early December, 2020, but the government did not stop the imports from Iran and Afghanistan. They maintained that the import had led a drop in the price of the local tomatoes and onions and the farmers had been unable to recover the cost of cultivation of the two crops.

The Ittehad claimed that Iran was exporting tomatoes to Pakistan after importing the same crop from India. The farmers expressed concern over beginning of the tax collection from those growers whose areas were declared calamity hit after torrential monsoon rains in 2020.

The Ittehad drew the Sindh government's attention towards the shortage of the irrigation water and urged it to address the same.


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