Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) has urged the government not to open agricultural trade with India by declaring it as Most Favoured Nation (MFN) because it would deprive the country from big markets of agricultural commodities of Central Asian States.
KBP President Sardar Zafar Hussein talking to journalists here on Friday said that India should not be given access to Central Asian States as it would ruin our agro-based industry. He claimed that Afghanistan and Central Asian States were big markets of Pakistani textile products and agricultural commodities as Pakistan exports products of billions of rupees to these countries.
He said that the agricultural inputs including oil, electricity, diesel, fertiliser and pesticides were expensive in Pakistan as compared to India while Indian government also extends facility of loans, free electricity and others. He said that growers of Pakistan had to spend Rs 321 billion more on agricultural inputs as compared to Indian farmers because of which agricultural commodities were expensive in Pakistan than India.
Sardar Zafar said that India already had captured our rice and wheat markets and now Afghanistan was also being presented to it on the behest of US. He said that India not only ruin our industry and agriculture by selling agricultural commodities on cheaper rates but might also destabilise our security system by supporting terrorists.