The Pakistan People’s Party has announced its support for the Kissan Ittehad sit-in at Wagah on March 31.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, PPP central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo opposed the import of potatoes, onions and other vegetables from India.
“The government should take into account the vital interests of farmers before embarking upon non-discriminatory trade relations with India,” he said.
Mian Manzoor Wattoo said the PPP would support the sin-in to protest the government policy of import of agriculture produce from India.
“We will not oppose such imports if farmers of Pakistan are provided the facilities on a par with the Indians.”
He said the wheat support price should be fixed at Rs1,500 per maund in view of the overrun of inputs prices. The poor segments of society in urban areas should be given subsidy to purchase wheat flour.
He said the government should declare agriculture as its top priority in the development strategy of the country because this sector was far less capital intensive and dividends were staggering and quick.
Mr Wattoo said the recent decision of the international arbitration was disturbing because it reduced the share of water allowed under the Indus Water Treaty mainly due to inefficiency of the government that failed to plead the case due to lack of preparedness.
He said the “gift of $1.5 billion” to Pakistan would look like a peanut if the moderate potential of the agriculture sector of the country was realised.