Low paddy rates torment farmers


RATODERO: The growers of upper Sindh where paddy crop is sown are worried due to low price being given to them for their paddy. The growers have demanded that government must fix price at the rate of Rs1100 per 40 kg whereas the traders and rice millers are lifting the paddy at Rs 750 to 850 per 40 kg.

According to growers, Sindh produces 2.5 million tons of rice annually and during the harvesting season, the rates are always degraded by the traders whereas they sell rice at much higher prices to international markets and earn huge profits but the tillers are always neglected.

Gada Hussain Mahesar, senior vice president of Sindh Abadgar Board and Siraj-ul-Oliya Rashdi, president Sindh Chamber of Agriculture told PPI that the sowing expenditure during the current paddy season was much higher than the previous years but the rates had seen downfall which was unjust. “As a result, they are very much worried as they will not be able to meet the costs even which they spent on fertilizers etc whereas government is in deep sleep as if it has nothing to do,” they said: They said Larkana & Kambar-Shahdadkot districts had bumper crops and the per acre yield would be better than other districts and added that after 10th Muharram, thrashers would be used when the crop would start reaching the markets in full and then the traders would further reduce prices which would further ruin them.

They demanded that the government must fix price of Rs 1100 per 40 kg, otherwise they feared the agriculture produce would suffer the worst. The rice millers are of the view that prices of Pakistani rice in the international market had gone down than other rice producing countries of the world.

The former central President of Sindh-Balochistan Rice Millers & Traders Association, Arif Mahesar, told PPI that in Sindh 40 kg paddy bag was being purchased for Rs 850 only due to rate reduction in the world market. He said that a month ago, they were selling rice at Rs 1260 per 40 kg and in Karachi 100 kg bag of rice was sold at Rs3300 a month ago and now it had reduced to Rs 3250 . They are selling 40 kg bag at Rs1225. the world.

He demanded of the government to form a committee to look into the matter seriously so that a clear policy could be made for the benefit of the country and other trading and growing communities so that peasants could get benefit.

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