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Pakistan Farmers Rally Against Low Produce Prices

07 November 2012

PAKISTAN - Around 1000 farmers have rallied against the low prices of their produce and the high power tariff for the agricultural sector under the protection of the Pakistan Farmers Alliance.

The rally was led by Central President of Pakistan Kisan Ittehad Chaudhry Anwar Ali, Provincial President Khalid Khokhar and Mian Sajid Bodla. The farmers rejected the support price of Rs 170/maund for sugarcane and said that it should be fixed at Rs. 300, reports the Business Recorder.

They also demanded a support price of Rs 4000/- per maund for raw-cotton (Phutti) to compensate them. Farmers said they would prefer to burn their produce, than sell it for a meager price.

Kisan Ittehad leaders have alleged that cotton growers this year would suffer a collective loss of Rs. 187 billion as they are getting on average Rs. 2000 to 2200 per maund for their produce instead of Rs 3200 per maund suggested by the Punjab government as support price for cotton in March this year.

Chaudhry Anwar Ali said that cotton was sown on 5.8 million acres in Punjab and 7.2 million acres through out the country.

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