Last weekend, Sindh province growers staged a demonstration against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government for continuing the import of tomatoes. The protesters destroyed their ready-to-reap harvest as the import of tomatoes has downgraded the prices of locally-grown ones in Hyderabad.
According to the Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB), the federal government was informed about the situation one-and-a-half months ago but it did not stop the import process. As imported tomatoes continued to go onto the markets, the prices of local tomatoes drastically went down.
Last week, the government of Sindh requested the federal government to ban imports of tomato and encourage export of onion to facilitate local growers and farmers of Sindh in particular.
Due to the ongoing import of tomato and massive local production of onion, prices of both commodities in the local market have dropped drastically due to which farmers are not receiving proper revenue for their produce. Owing to low revenues, farmers have started protesting for the imposition of a ban on the import of tomatoes, according to the provincial government.
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