Staff Reporter Islamabad
Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf regime over the devastation of the agriculture sector adding it is shameful that an agrarian country has been compelled to import cotton, sugar and wheat.
cotton production in Pakistan has fallen by 34%, to its lowest level in 30 years. Pakistan’s famed textile industry too was on the verge of collapse because of the cotton crisis.
He said that selected Prime Minister Imran Khan had imposed an agricultural emergency with a budget of Rs 65 billion which was not implemented anywhere.
Cotton, chili, tomato, onion, rice, sugarcane and other crops were affected during the last rains but the government did not offer any incentive or compensation to the farmers, he stated.
Chairman PPP further said that while farmers are struggling to repay their agricultural loans, and as fertilizer prices were skyrocketing, Imran Khan mocks them by claiming that everything is fine.
The inept agricultural policies of the PTI government led to tomato farmers dumping their crop for nothing and yet the Prime Minister remained unconcerned.
He said that when PPP took over the federal government, wheat was being procured from abroad but within a year Pakistan became a wheat exporting country.
According to statement issued from Bilawal House’s Media Cell on Friday, the Chairman PPP said that the simultaneous import of wheat, sugar and cotton was a testament to the ineptitude of the federal government and marked a dark day in the history of Pakistan.
“Imran Khan has brought us to the verge of collapse. If Imran Khan does not change his anti-agriculture policies then farmers would be the frontline in our protest against the government,” he warned. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that