The leaders of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad announced to end their 3 day long protest and sit-in in Lahore after the meeting with chief minister Usman Buzdar. The delegation led by Ch. Anwar chairman Kissan Ittehad held successful negotiations with chief minister Punjab and briefed him about their problems. “Chief Minister has accepted our [farmers] demands during another round of talks,” said Chairman Kissan Ittehad, Chaudhry Anwar.
He said Sugar mills will start crushing from Monday while rate of sugarcane will be Rs180 as assured by the chief minister Punjab, while rate of wheat will be R1300 per 40 kg. “Kissan Ittehad representatives will be placed in every mill to ensure purchase of sugarcane on the rate fixed by the government,” he said while disclosing details assurances by the government.
The overall demands had included immediate start of sugarcane crushing by sugar mills, cut in fertilizer’s price and the cost of per unit electricity, establishment of markets exclusively for farmers where they could directly sale their products, announcement of support prices of sugarcane and wheat and withdrawal of cases against farmers.
The government has accepted some demands and announced to start the crushing season from December 10. The government has also agreed to withdraw all the cases registered against protesting farmers. Pakistan Kissan Ittehad organised many sit-ins and protests during the PML-N government. This was the first protest that blocked the Thokar Niaz Baig Chowk for nearly 60 hours. The traffic was badly affected on Multan road and Raiwind roads.
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17 August, 2019