Pak farmers demand ban on Indian potatoes

December 24th, 2008 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Dec 24 (ANI): Pakistan Potato Growers Society (PPGS) has said that the PPP-led government must ban the import of Indian potatoes.

The tension of potato growers and sellers erupted in huge protest against import of Indian potato under concessions by the Pakistani Government.

The protesters issued ultimatum to the government to ban import of Indian potato by December 28, otherwise, the protest would spread countrywide.

PPGS president Mian Muhammad Siddique chaired the meeting, which was attended by potato growers of Pakistan on Tuesday.

Addressing the growers, they demanded of the government to ban import of Indian potatoes in the country, The Post reported.

They said Pakistan produced sufficient potatoes even the government was forced to import them from India and allow 30 percent concession on import duty and 15 percent sales tax on its sale.

They demanded the government to ban the import of foreign potatoes and solve the problems of fertilizers and electricity. They threatened that the growers protest on the roads if their demands were not met. (ANI)

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