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Middlemen blamed for hike in price of agri products.

ISLAMABAD -- President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said middlemen are responsible for the unprecedented hike in prices of edibles before the arrival of the holy month of Ramazan.

People of Pakistan which is an agricultural country will never get fruit, vegetables, milk, meat, and poultry products at a reasonable price unless the 'Arthi-Mafia' is discouraged through state's intervention, he said.

Similarly, the farmers will never get the fruit of their labour as long as they are in clutches of this mafia, said Mian Zahid Hussain.

He said that the middlemen operating in the agriculture sector continue to work without any documentation, control or taxes and they are responsible for poverty among farmers and intensification of the issue of food security.

The mafia has damaged agriculture sector to an extent that nobody is willing to invest in it which is unfortunate, he said.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that if a broker buys something at the rate of Rs20 per kilogram from a farmer, he sells it for almost Rs100 per kg which is exploitation of grower and the consumer.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 4, 2019
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