Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that the federal government should announce spot prices for cotton, rice, wheat and other crops of agriculture sector. “The Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) government is not paying attention to the agriculture sector. The government has totally ignored this sector even it has not any policy on agriculture sector,” he added.
The government should announce at least Rs 3500 per 40 kg spot price of cotton, the opposition leader said here on Thursday. He said that agriculture growth had contributed 7.9 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011-12 and now it has reduced and reached at 0.3 % of GDP.
He said that the food basket of the country had been reduced. He said that the government should take bold steps to enhance the food basket of the country. “We reject the recent package for farmers announced by the prime minister without spot prices for various crops,” he said. Khursheed Shah said that terrorism and corruption were major issues the country was confronting with. “The foundation of corruption and terrorism was laid in the tenure of late General Zia-ul-Haq. The terrorism in his tenure was flourished in the name of Mojahideen and Taliban,” he said.
Answering to a question, he said that the Pakistan Peoples Party didn’t support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but it supported the democracy, adding that they would support the democratic system in the future too. Answering to another question, the opposition leader said that after receiving the notice of Supreme Court regarding the resignations of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) parliamentarians, he would discuss the matter as per law and Constitution.