Farmers Across Pakistan Plan Protest Over Wheat Crisis

farmers across pakistan plan protest over wheat crisis

Farmers in Pakistan are getting ready for a big protest on May 21 because they’re upset about the lack of wheat. They’ll be sitting outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore to make their voices heard.

They believe that the wheat shortage is no accident. They think that the previous caretaker Prime Minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, along with some bureaucrats, made it happen on purpose.

A bunch of farmer groups got together on Thursday to talk about this wheat problem. It’s really affecting farmers, especially in Punjab.

After talking with farmers from different parts of Pakistan like Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan, Farooq Tariq, who is in charge of the Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee, said they want the ex-Prime Minister, bureaucrats, and wheat importers who caused this mess to be arrested. They also want to help out the farmers who lost because of it and punish those who brought in bad wheat quickly.

They’re really disappointed about how much money got wasted because of this. They say about Rs330 billion got spent from August 2023 to March 2024, and a lot of the wheat, about 1.3 million tonnes, had bugs in it.

Malik Zulfiqar Awan, who leads the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, said everyone involved in this wheat mess should be arrested and taken to NAB courts. He also thinks they should stop letting private companies bring in wheat.

The farmer groups want better testing for fertilizers and pesticides and want to punish people who make small farmers pay too much interest on loans.

They’re asking for fair prices for wheat and other crops and want rules for the grain markets to make sure farmers get treated right.

If no one listens to them, they’re planning to protest all across Pakistan on May 21.

My Opinion:

It’s crucial for the government to listen to the concerns of the farmers. They are the backbone of our nation, and when they suffer, the entire country feels it. The demands for accountability and support for affected farmers are valid. Addressing these issues promptly and fairly is necessary for the well-being of our agricultural sector and the country as a whole.