SWABI: The Farmers’ Coordination Council on Thursday held a demonstration at Jugnat Bridge here to protest low rates for tobacco. A large number of farmers and office-bearers of the council participated in the demonstration. Speaking on the occasion, the council leaders warned that that if the purchasing rates of tobacco were not increased, they would discontinue growing of the crop from next year. They alleged that tobacco companies were exploiting growers by buying the crop on very low rates, and urged the Tobacco Board to ensure a fair price for the crop, keeping in view the cost of production.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2012.