‘Mango clinics to be set up at tehsil level’
November 12, 2012
Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Malik Ahmed Ali has said that mango clinics will be set up at tehsil level so that the mango growers could be provided facility of diagnosing the diseases of mango trees from mango research centres.
He disclosed this while addressing the annual meeting of Mango Growers Co-operative Society Limited Multan. President Mango Growers, Syed Zahid Hussain Gardezi and renowned mango farmers of South Punjab were also present on the occasion.
Provincial Minister said that he has always raised the voice for the rights of farmers at the floor of assembly but a number of problems related to federal government and due to its wrong policies, farmers were being exploited.
He said that farmers are facing problems such as fertiliser at high prices, agri medicines, electricity, diesel and shortage of water.
He said that federal government has no mechanism of fixing the prices of fertiliser and prices of fertilisers are increased through SMS on mobile phones. He said that under a self-made system, artificial shortage of fertiliser was created and billions of rupees were being earned through import of fertiliser by the commission mafia.
He said that agriculture sector is being ruined by levying sales tax on agri inputs. Malik Ahmed Ali said that Punjab government is spending Rs 36 billion for the development of agriculture sector. He said that rupees two billion have been released for 53 projects of Agriculture Research Board. He disclosed that Research Board had developed 80 varieties of seeds of various crops including eight seeds of BT cotton.