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Growers call for trade via Khokhrapar-Monabao route.

MIRPURKHAS -- The Sind Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has demanded the federal government to allow trade with India via Khokhrapar-Monabao route which will give local growers a chance to fetch fair price of their produce. The chamber made this demand at its meeting chaired by its President Dr Syed Nadeem Quamruzzaman Shah here on Friday.

Umer Bughio, a progressive grower, said that trade through Khokhrapar-Monabao border would allow Sind's growers to export fresh vegetables and other commodities to Rajasthan province in India and as a result get financial gains.

He demanded the government to establish a dehydration plant at Kunri, the biggest chilli market in Asia, so that the commodity could be exported to India and other destinations in European Union.

The SCA president lamented that the government had withdrawn subsidy on agricultural inputs rendering their products costlier depriving them of just profit. He said that the irrigation department was not doing its job.

'Illegal water outlets were created and water courses were tempered with the help of corrupt irrigation officials. We raised the issues pertaining to corrupt officials and water shortage on prime minister and Sind chief minister level but nothing happened,' he said.

He called the government to completely rehabilitate the irrigation system in Sind by taking drastic measures without any delay for the benefit of farmers. He further urged the authorities to check the adulteration of pesticide and fertilisers that was brutally damaging the agriculture sector.

He asked the growers to activate district chapter of the organisation and launch a membership campaign to ensure that growers were united on a single platform. He further said that arrangements were being made by the SCA for video conferencing link in Karachi and Hyderabad so that growers remained in touch. Mir Haji Zafarullah Talpur said that district Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tharparkar were situated at the tail end of Nara canal command area and as a result acute shortage of water damaged the agriculture sector.

He demanded the government to provide subsidy on agriculture inputs for the benefit of farmers and rehabilitate tube wells in Mirpurkhas division. The meeting passed various resolutions demanding the government to declare Mirpurkhas as 'special agriculture zone' with regard to the production of fruits and vegetables in the area, ensure construction of cold storage facilities in Mirpurkhas to facilitate the fruit and mango growers, to fix quotas in all the fruit and vegetable markets for the members of growers organisation and scholarships of agriculture for private sector of Master programme by AusAid.

Anwer Gondal, Yar Mohammad Baloch, Nabi Bux Sahito, Zahid Bhurgari, Ghulam Akhoond, Haji Shafi Mohammad Pitafi, Allah Bachayo Rajar and Mohammad Khan Sarijo also spoke on the occasion.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 3, 2013
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