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Farmers’ woes

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Poor agriculture policies have been bringing farmers on roads every time there has been a bumper crop of potatoes in the last few years. In the absence of a carefully thought-out export policy, market mechanisms mean that for many farmers the selling price is far short of the cost incurred on the crop.

Speaking to the media during a recently held protest demonstration in Lahore, the leadership of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, a Punjab based association of farmers, claimed that a kilogramme of potato had cost them about Rs17 in term of inputs, while another Rs6 per kg was spent on storage. After spending Rs23 per kg on the crop, when farmers were expecting the selling price to be somewhere around Rs30 per kg, they learnt that the market price was not even Rs10 per kg. This led to the protest which has been temporarily called off on government’s assurances of a settlement.


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