Flood-hit farmers’ protest today

 

ISLAMABAD (December 31, 2010): A large number of farmers demanding a comprehensive post-flood agricultural rehabilitation package from the government, will stage a protest on December 31 (Friday).

ActionAid in solidarity with Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) and Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) would raise voice to support thousands of flood-hit food growers.

The small land-holder farmers from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would come together at China Chowk, demanding the government to announce a long-term Agriculture Rehabilitation and Recovery Program.

The programme must encompass provision of seed, fertiliser and livestock, land rehabilitation, and support for kitchen gardens for small farmers while women farmers must be prioritised for this support.

The government must provide food stock to flood affected families and this support should continue for at least 6 months besides excluding agriculture sector from the proposed RGST bill and prioritising food security in 2011 budget.

The other demands include that all agriculture taxes and credits must be waived-off for small farmers in flood hit areas.

However, cash for work schemes should be initiated in flood hit areas for economic recovery of thousands of peasant women and men. While, women headed households must be prioritised in relief, compensation and rehabilitation.

Courtesy The NEW

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