Farmers demand agricultural sector be given to centre

Sindh Abadgar Board and Sindh Chamber of Agriculture depicts a portentous outlook for farming sector

December 07, 2015


Two major groups lobbying for farmer's rights in Sindh have joined forces against the Sindh government, demanding that it should cede authority of the agriculture sector to the centre.

The Sindh Abadgar Board and Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA), at a press conference on Saturday, depicted a portentous outlook for the farming sector if it continued to remain within the provincial purview.

"Agriculture is a federal subject in most countries but here it's been devolved to the provinces," said Abdul Majeed Nizamani, the board's president.

Since the devolution, farmers have expressed resentment through protests over the provincial government's agricultural policies, especially pertaining to official crop prices. But the demand, which is going to broach a controversial constitutional debate, is likely to face disapproval from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government on autonomy. The former PPP federal government had devolved the subject to the provinces through the 18th constitutional amendment.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th,  2015.


Khurshid Anwer | 5 years ago | Reply The Sindh Abadgar Board and Sindh Chamber of Agriculture should know that it is their opposition to the one mega dam that could have built 20 years ago, which is the biggest hurdle in the growth of agriculture, the last increase in supplies was made 40 years ago while population has increased from 8 crore to 19 crore over that period.
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