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Balochistan farmers dump tomatoes on the streets after prices crash

Protesters say they are facing losses of millions of rupees

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 2, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Sep 2, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Balochistan farmers dump tomatoes on the streets after prices crash

Farmers dumped hundreds of crates of tomatoes on the roads after the price of the fruit fell in the wholesale markets in Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah on Monday.

The Zamindar Action Committee led a rally to protest the decrease in the price.

Protesters say they are facing losses of millions of rupees. This is economic destruction, they said.

The government doesn’t respect farmers or land owners, the protesters lamented, calling for an end to the smuggling of tomatoes from Afghanistan, India and Iran.

Increase the price of tomatoes in the wholesale markets so that we can benefit economically, one of the protesters said.

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  1. Javed  September 2, 2019 10:16 pm/ Reply

    what a shame. Farmers and businesses both should be helping people, not destroying the crop to keep the price higher. How it helps destroying the food while people in need.

    • Rahim Bakhsh  September 3, 2019 7:44 pm/ Reply

      @Javed: Govt which facilitates imports (from enemy countries like India and Afghanistan) of such commodities, which are home grown in the country and the menace of “Aartiees” in whole sale markets are to blame. Why shame the growers? It’s their sheer frustration. We, instead of shaming the growers, should explore and suggest solutions, like co-operative farming, better transportation system from farms to markets and ways to eliminate the middle men Aartee mafia. Just ask around what is Aartee mafia, you will be horrified. The government provincial food departments should make arrangements for the farmers to be able to bring their produce directly to the main markets in cities where they can get fair value of their toil.
      The tomatoes you and I buy sometimes for Rs 80-100 per kg in cities, only fetch Rs 10-20 per kg to the actual framer. So you’re misinformed that the farmer is getting greedy.

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