LAHORE - While citing the findings of Economic Survey of Pakistan that has projected decline in the growth of agriculture sector during the last one year, PPP’s central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo on Sunday lambasted the government for what he called its anti-farmers policies. “Pakistan’s economy is agro-based and it is beyond comprehension even for a man of ordinary prudence as to why this sector does not figure out in the development strategy of this government”, he questioned while talking to a delegation of farmers from Shaikhupura district here in Lahore.
He pointed out that the growth in the agriculture sector was lower during the financial year 2013-2014 compared to the figures during the PPP-led government.
Wattoo said that due to the anti-farmer policies of this government there was wide spread resentment against the present government of Punjab in the rural population that had been put in a tight corner as a result.
“Even the ruling party lawmakers are criticising the anti-farmers policy of the government which was evident from the latest economic survey”, he remarked. He cautioned that the farmer community’s patience was running out and they might resort to extreme steps like agitation on wider scale for the acceptance of their demands. “It is high time that the government should lend support to the community to pre-empt any untoward incident of big proportion creating serious law and order situation”, he said.
Manzoor Wattoo said that the farmers of Pakistan were not against the import of agricultural produce from the neighbouring country provided they were provided the facilities equal to their counterparts in India.
“Indian farmers get free electricity for tube wells meant for irrigation, cheap diesel, highly subsidised fertiliser, tractors and pesticides whereas Pakistani farmers were facing the brunt of the withdrawal of limited subsidies under IMF pressure”, he stated.