Swabi farmers seek compensation for tobacco plants affected by hail | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Tobacco farmers in the Swabi district have asked for government assistance after heavy hail wreaked havoc on valuable crops last week.

Tobacco farmers urge Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and holders of the office of the Tobacco Council of Pakistan to send a team of experts to visit areas hit by hail and determine the financial losses incurred by farmers and take steps to immediately revive the farmers. value chain.

“Every sector and industry is given assistance but farmers and those working in the agricultural sector like us are being left behind,” Kashtkar’s Coordination Board said in a statement. “The government must provide tax breaks, ensure early payments from the tobacco sector and provide cheap and easy loans for farmers and farmers.”

The council said it was very important to complete the purchase of tobacco leaves within a certain period of time to save the plant from becoming completely unusable. “Without assistance from the authorities, the workforce of millions of people, who make their living from tobacco cultivation, or from factories or trade in related products, will not be able to restore their livelihoods.”

Another long-standing demand in this industry is strict law enforcement against illegal trade and tobacco smuggling, the council said. “Malpractice is damaging this large industry, which is one of the biggest contributors to national income.

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