HAFIZABAD - The Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) called upon the government to fulfill its promise of the procurement of basmati paddy by the Trading Corporation of Pakistan and Passco at the government-fixed support price.

Addressing a press conference here, KBP’s Central Rice Committee Chairman Amanullah Chattha said that basmati paddy is being purchased by the middlemen at Rs1,300 per 40kg which has inflicted huge loss to the growers.

He further said that during a sit-in staged by the growers, the Punjab agriculture minister had assured them that basmati paddy would be purchased by the government agencies at the support price fixed by the government. However, he regretted, that the promise has not yet been materialised causing huge loss to the growers.