LAHORE

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif formally inaugurated wheat harvesting campaign-2015 at village Warah Malik Shah Muhammad Awan adjacent to Lahore, on Saturday.

The Chief Minister launched wheat harvesting campaign by cutting the crop through a traditional sickle and also harvested wheat by driving harvester. After the inauguration of wheat harvesting campaign, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while addressing a gathering of farmers said that due to the blessings of Almighty Allah and hard work of farmers, there is a bumper wheat crop during the current year, upon which, he congratulated them. He also announced to provide ten thousand tractors on concessional rates to small farmers and added that Punjab government will give a subsidy of two lakh rupees per tractor to small farmers and this farmer-friendly programme will be launched from the next financial year. The Chief Minister said that the subsidized tractors will be given to those small farmers having 12.5 acre of land. He said that PML-N government is fully aware of the problems of farmers and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken various steps for their redressal. Shahbaz Sharif said that he himself realizes the problems of farmers and it is our endeavor that farmers should get due return of their hard work. He said that instead of profit, famers have to face loss in some crops and the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and he himself are aware of the situation very well. That is why, our government, in view of the interest of the farmers fixed sugarcane price at Rs.180 per 40kg whereas in Sindh, the price of sugarcane was reduced from Rs.182 to Rs.155 per 40kg but even then Punjab government did not reduce the sugarcane price from Rs.180 per 40kg for the farmers, he added.

 The Chief Minister said that the farmers also benefitted from the reduction in prices of petroleum products at international market and the electricity bills were also reduced which have certainly lessened the problems of farmers. He said that there was a bumper wheat crop in Pakistan this year and Punjab government has fixed wheat procurement target of 40 lakh ton and its price at Rs.1300 per maund.