Flood-hit farmers remind CM of promise

Pervez Khattak Pervez Khattak[/caption] Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam upper Chitral leader Muhammad Pervez Lal said after the chief minister’s announcement, a survey was conducted in the area and lists of farmers prepared and sent to the agriculture department for the supply of the seeds before the wheat planting season in October. He said due to the widespread and untimely rains and floods in July-August, standing crops, especially wheat, were spoiled in the fields and the farmers were left with no seeds for the coming season. He said the farmers had frequently been visiting the local office of the agriculture department and on every trip they were told that trucks carrying the seeds were on way to the area. On Saturday, a large number of people from Mulkhow, Booni, Yarkhun, Laspur and other areas again gathered outside the office but the officials told them that the director agriculture department concerned had not sent the seeds to them. The frustrated farmers said they had watered their agricultural land in the hope that the seeds would be provided to them on time for sowing. But now even the seed-sowing season was about to end and without the seeds they would not be able to grow crops for the next year. The growers said if it was not possible for the government to supply the seeds to the flood-affected area, the chief minister should not have made the promise and kept them on waiting. ]]>

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