Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) former chairman Abdul Basit has urged the government to immediately impose a ban on import of tomato to encourage local productions as the recent hefty increase in the prices of the commodity was only because of our dependence on neighbouring country.
While showing a grave concern over steep rise in tomato prices in just a few days, he said that it is very unfortunate that while allowing import of any crops, the authorities do not bother to calculate its fallout on local farming community. And now the local farmers have stopped sowing tomato crop due to heavy import, it is quite natural that the consumer is bound to buy at the prices being quoted by the Indian grower. Abdul Basit said the Supreme Court should also initiate suo motu proceedings to the matter that has deprived a common man from commodity like tomato that can be even grown in pot or at rooftop.
He said that he had been calling for long-time now that the government should ban all the commodities that can be produced locally but the authorities inaction has pushed us to a situation that would take at least a year to return to normal provided a ban is clamped right now.