JI to stage sit-in in favour of sugar cane growers

Lahore, December 04, 2018 (PPI-OT): Secretary General, Jamaat e Islamic, Liaqat Baloch, has said that the sugar mills owners were continuing the exploitation of the sugar cane growers by delaying crushing despite the start of the crushing season. In a statement here on Tuesday, he said that the tussle between the sugar mills owners, the government and government institutions was causing heavy losses to the growers. Sugar cane was lying outside sugar mills and it was losing weight to the detriment of the growers.

However, he said that the government and the mill owners remained unmoved. Liaqat Baloch warned that if the government attitude did not change, the JI would join the growers and stage a sit-in outside the echelons of power. He also stressed upon the mills owners to purchase sugarcane at the rate fixed by the government and also clear their arrears. He said that the government always made promises of solving the problems of the growers and of providing them necessary facilities but these promises were not fulfilled. He said that although agriculture was the backbone of the country’s economy yet every government had hurt it and the agriculture was on the decline.

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