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Govt urged to ban import of tomatoes

Govt urged to ban import of tomatoes

LAHORE: The government has been urged to immediately put a ban on import of tomatoes to encourage local productions as the recent hefty increase in the prices of the commodity is only because of the govt’s dependence on the neighbouring country.

While expressing a grave concern over steep increase in tomato prices in just a few days, Pakistan Poultry Association former Chairman Abdul Basit said that it is very unfortunate that while allowing import of tomatoes or other crops, the authorities did not bother to calculate its fallout on local farming community.

“And now when the local farmers have stopped sowing tomato crops due to heavy import, it is quite natural that the consumer is bound to buy at the prices being quoted by the Indian growers,” he added.

Abdul Basit said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan should also take suo moto action into the matter that has deprived a common man of commodity like tomato.