Based on PHDEC’s assessment and some farmers, too, agree, the final output figure might e close to 0.4m tonnes
Ahmad Fraz Khan
With each passing day, unused wheat stocks negatively impact the national and provincial kitty.
The current situation could create problems, at both the individual and national levels.
'Effort would be concentrated on looking at agriculture as a business model and strive for its commercial success.'
Unlike Punjab, Sindh has not only maintained its acreage and yield figures but is improving in cotton pockets as well
Farmers claim that tax, at least for now, hardly makes sense as the agriculture sector is under stress.
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Loan application submissions are slow, and their acceptance even slower.
Farmers lament ‘substantial losses’. Official circles have more conservative loss estimates.
The second factor that creates optimism among farmers is the upcoming infrastructure in the core potato belt.
The official estimates of exports differ from those of exporters.
The government circles are hopeful that the commission will provide farmers a platform to raise their voice.
Farmers and government officials think that exporters are painting a gloomy export picture for some reason.
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The FBR should also see who will be bearing the final shock of the withholding tax. It will inevitably be consumers
If inputs are dropping, the case needs to be probed by the SBP to see where this loan money is actually being invested.
The government needs to help the industry in value addition with required incentives.
The project would be online somewhere early 2018, when rivers are already dry and elections fever already on.
The government is still pressing the industry to provide its share of relief and cut its profits a bit.
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