13 September 2022, Pakistan: Due to severe floods in Pakistan, the existing prices of fruits and vegetables in the country has jumped by an average of 500%. Tomatoes were being sold at more than Rs. 500/kg which led the government to import of tomato from neighbouring country Iran.
The Pakistani farmers who are ready to harvest their tomato crop were agitated with the imports which would eventually lower the prices of tomatoes in the country. Several farmers attacked the import consignment and destroyed the produce in Kalat district of Balochistan.
The farmers shouted slogans against the government for importing tomatoes because at this time the local farmers were ready to ship the crop to the market.
A farmer association representative said that the farmers did a peaceful protest and no one from the association was involved in destroying the import consignment. The farmers are angry as the government is importing tomatoes when its farmers can provide tomatoes to the market.
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