Growers want cane price fixed at Rs235 per maund

Post Source: Dawn Bureau Report

 
HYDERABAD: A general body meeting of the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture held here on Sunday urged the government to fix the minimum price of sugarcane at Rs235 per maund. The meeting presided over by Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar drew government’s attention to acute shortage of water which was rendering barren thousands of acres of rich and fertile land.

The meeting called for implementing the 1991 water accord in letter and spirit and said Sindh should be given its share of water in accordance with the accord.

The meeting proposed formation of an experts’ committee to formulate suggestions on issues relating to seed, pesticide, fertiliser and soil fertility.

The growers who had come from across the province to attend the general body meeting expressed serious concern over decrease in the price of sugarcane and demanded that the minimum price should be Rs235 per 40 kg.

They said that the farming community was facing difficulty in exporting guava and urged the government to remove bottlenecks hampering the export.

Later, the meeting elected Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar as president of the chamber for three years and Mir Murad Ali Khan Talpur and Akhund Ghulam Mohammad Siddiqui the first and second senior vice-presidents.

Mohammad Anwar Bachani and Nabi Bux Sathio were elected general secretary and additional general secretary.

SEMINAR: The Institute of Women Development Studies of the University of Sindh organised a seminar on breast cancer here on Saturday to create awareness among women, especially those living in rural areas, about the disease.

Specialists from the Nuclear Institute of Medical Radiotherapy (NIMRA) Dr. Aisha Siddiqui, Dr. Anwar Baloch and Dr. Roshan Ara Kazi highlighted causes that lead to breast cancer and underlined the importance of preventive measures.

They praised the government and social welfare organisations for holding seminars on the disease.

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