Steps being taken to protect rights of farmers: Sami

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Minister for Food Samiullah Chaudhry Frriday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government took every possible step to safeguard the rights of farmers besides protecting them from exploitation.
He said this while presiding over a meeting at Civil Secretariat, which reviewed arrangements for sugarcane-crushing season 2019-20.
The minister directed that deputy commissioners (DCs) and deputy directors (Food) to visit sugar mills in their respective areas and ensure necessary monitoring.
He appreciated the performance of the teams from the Industries Department for checking weights of sugar mills. Various facilities had also been provided to farmers so that they could get full price of their produce, he added.
The meeting also pondered over different proposals about sugarcane crushing. Earlier, Punjab Cane Commissioner gave a detailed briefing about sugarcane crushing.
Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal, Minister for Irrigation Mohsin Leghari, secretary food and others attended the meeting.
Punjab Agriculture (Extension) Director General Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali Friday said that Agriculture Department was actively working to control locusts attack.
He said while talking to farmers during his visit to Liaqatpur and Khanpur , says a press release issued here.
The DG said that the field teams were available for guidance of farmers and prepare them to face any unwanted situation. He said that locusts attack had entered Cholistan and partially attacked crops in some villages as the wind pattern changed in Sindh.
The Punjab Agriculture Department was fully prepared to deal with any possible attack of locusts. The DG visited the areas as per the direction of Punjab Agriculture Secretary Wasif Khurshid.

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