LAHORE  - The Pakistan Kissan Ittehad yesterday announced approaching the Supreme Court against the suspension of government announced farmers’ package by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The farmers’ body president Khalid Mahmood Khokhar made the announcement during a press conference at Lahore Press Club.

The government has already announced to challenge the ECP’s order regarding suspension of certain provisions in Kisan Package in the Supreme Court.

Though it apparently looked that the announcement made by the farmers’ representatives was backed by the government, the Ittehad leaders also criticized the government’s “anti-agriculture policies” in the press conference.

Khalid said: “The unfair taxation on agriculture and anti-farmers policies of the government have already financially burdened the small farmers across the country and especially in Punjab. The input cost in agriculture is much time higher than the prices of crops.

“Farmers have to bear Rs40 billion losses due to high price of fertilizers. The government’s announced Rs20 billion subsidies on fertilizers during past budget yet to be implemented,” he added.

He was of the view: “The Kisan Package envisaged Rs5000 for each small farmer which could be spent for sowing of wheat crop. The suspension of the Package by the ECP meant for depriving formers sowing their crop and it could create food security problem for next year.”

He demanded of the government to announce support price for agri products and by them by Pasco and other government departments and abolish taxes on agriculture inputs.