In a significant move to safeguard the interests of cotton farmers, Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has initiated a comprehensive crackdown against individuals involved in purchasing cotton below the designated support price. This comes as part of the government’s efforts to bolster the agriculture sector and ensure the prosperity of cotton farmers across the country.
Earlier this year, the government set the support price for cotton at a competitive Rs. 8,500 per 40kg, aiming to provide a fair and sustainable income to the cotton farmers who form the backbone of Pakistan’s textile industry. The decision was met with widespread approval from the farming community and industry stakeholders, who recognized its potential to boost the agricultural sector and improve the livelihoods of cotton growers.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, in alignment with the vision of Prime Minister Kakar, has been a staunch advocate for the farmers’ rights. He has urged cotton farmers in Punjab, the heartland of Pakistan’s cotton cultivation, to stand firm and resist selling their crops below the government’s intervention price. This strong show of support from the provincial government is a crucial step in ensuring that the benefits of the support price reach the grassroots level.
Pakistan’s agricultural landscape has long been dominated by cotton production, which has made a considerable economic and job-creating contribution to the nation. However, cotton farmers have long struggled financially, therefore the government must intervene and offer the required assistance. A critical step in resolving this issue is the introduction of a support price together with a stern crackdown on individuals trying to take advantage of farmers by giving prices below this limit.
The joint efforts of Interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi to protect the interests of cotton farmers serve as a testament to their dedication to the agricultural community. Their vision and commitment to a prosperous future for cotton farming in Pakistan are commendable and hold the promise of revitalizing an industry that has faced numerous challenges.