Producers demand minimum price of Rs 350 per kg for tobacco – Journal

SWABI: At a convention here on Friday, growers unanimously demanded that the minimum price for the tobacco crop be set at 350 rupees per kilogram and rejected the rate of 245 rupees per kg announced by the government.

The convention was held here in Yar Hussain under the Kisan Board, a farmers’ wing of Jamaat-i-Islami.

The participants said that the federal government receives annual revenue of Rs 130 billion through different tobacco taxes, of which it should allocate Rs 10 billion for the welfare of farmers in the tobacco growing districts.

KB provincial chairman Rizwanullah Khan said urea fertilizer was not available in the market at the official price, while DAP fertilizer was out of reach for farmers. They said fertilizer prices should be reduced and those selling them on the black market should be held accountable.

He said that millions of rupees were still unpaid to farmers by different companies and that the Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) should compel these buyers to pay grower dues before the start of tobacco purchase in India. July.

Meanwhile, a large amount of wheat kernels were gutted when a fire broke out at a warehouse in Dagai Junakhel, Razaar tehsil, Rescue 1122 officials said.

The fire was said to have been caused by an electrical short and firefighters brought the blaze under control within hours and prevented further damage.

SEIZED HASHISH: Police here on Friday seized 23 kilograms of hashish being transported to Punjab from a car and arrested two suspected couriers.

Police reported a car (LEI-1700) near Jehangira Bridge on Swabi-Mardan Road, but the driver sped it. The police team under the supervision of Chota Lahor DSP Pasham Gul Khan chased the car, but the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled. However, two women traveling in the car were taken into custody. During the check, the police recovered 22 packs of charas weighing 23 kg from the car. A complaint has been filed against the two women.

Posted in Dawn, June 25, 2022