Kisan Board demands Cane Procurement Receipt status


Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) has demanded giving Cane Procurement Receipt (CPR) status of cheque to save the sugarcane growers from the injustices of sugar mill owners.
It also urged the government to ensure payment by mills to the sugarcane growers within 15 days of sale of the cane under Cane Act besides abolishing deduction on weight of sugarcane. These demands were made by KBP General Council which met here on Saturday to discuss the issues faced by the agricultural sector and growers and recommended a set of proposals for resolving these hardships hampering the growth of agriculture. The meeting was chaired by KBP Central President Sardar Zafar Hussein Khan and was attended by the growers’ leaders from all provinces. The meeting also demanded abolishing the permit system for sugarcane growers and construction of shed outside sugar mills to save farmers from weather related problems.
It also demanded provision of first aid facilities at these sheds. KBP General Council claimed at least five million people in the country were facing food shortage and Pakistan despite being an agricultural country was heading towards food crisis. It said poverty incidence was increasing day by day and these issues could only be controlled by improving the production of agricultural sector. However, it regretted that growth in agricultural sector remained almost nil from 1999-2011, while in the year 1949, agriculture had a share of 53 per cent in the total GDP.
The meeting also demanded that the fertiliser manufacturing companies should be directed to print price of the fertiliser on each bag, to ensure provision of natural gas to these companies and launch an investigation into alleged wrong-doings, with regard to imported urea in National Fertiliser Marketing Limited (NFML).


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