Hit by Covid-19 and pest attack, farmers demand relief package.


Byline: Malik Tahseen Raza

MUZAFFARGARH -- Small farmers have demanded that the prime minister announce relief for them, saying that their crop was badly damaged by storm in April and the factors arising directly from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic besides the rust attack.

A large number of farmers gathered at Ghazi Ghat on Muzaffargarh-Dera Ghazi Khan Road near the wheat procurement centre on Monday and demonstrated for the compensation. They said their crop was damaged due to, firstly the lockdown enforcement in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, secondly the uncontrolled Yellow Rust attack and finally hailstorms and rains in the second week of April.

They said farmers were often called the backbone of Pakistan but the government ignored them in the recent historic Rs950 billion relief package.

They demanded the prime minister announce a relief package for farmers and ask his Tiger Force to start a survey.

Farmers Malik Naeem Akhtar and Rai Shahid said when the crop was at the critical final stage, the lockdown made it impossible for them to arrange pesticide for the crop, and necessary tools to irrigate their crops with tubewell. The government closed all shops which gave a free hand to Yellow Rust to ruin the crop. They said it rained four times from the last week of March till the second week of April while hailstorm also inflicted irreparable loss.

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