Wheat growers cry foul over delay in payments

Post Source: Dawn By Qamaruddin – 29 Apr, 2010

MIRPURKHAS, April 28: The food department has been deferring payments to growers for the last 12 days against wheat delivered to godowns and procurement centres. It was reported that the authorities concerned did not send enough amount to food department Mirpurkhas to be paid to landlords against procured wheat.

Hundreds of growers supplying the commodity to Autaq Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, Khaan, Sepota and Shadi Palli procurement centres were disappointed over non-payment of their dues.

Some affected farmers, including Sher Mohammad, Abdul Khaliq, Shahid and Saleem told Dawn that that they were not being paid since April 17, despite supplying wheat to the centres.

“Our visits to offices of district food controller and deputy director food remained futile,” they said arguing that the delay was affecting cotton sowing as they don’t have enough cash to buy fuel for tractors, cotton seeds and fertilisers or pay to labourers.

They demanded of the Sindh government to order an inquiry into the delay and ensure immediate and timely payment of their crop.

When contacted deputy director food Mirpurkhas region Sarfaraz Tunio said that the wheat procurement target was enhanced but the money was yet not transmitted to the National Bank branch, hence delaying payment to growers.

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