Sindh’s Exporters Disapprove of Limited Ban on Rice Farming

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Welcome back to another blog. This article will discuss the topic in detail “Sindh’s Exporters Disapprove of Limited Ban on Rice Farming”. The Sindh province of Pakistan is one of the largest rice producers and exporters in the country. However, the provincial government’s recent decision to impose a limited ban on rice farming has sparked controversy among exporters. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind the ban and its potential impact on rice production. And, the concerns of the exporters.

The limited ban on rice farming in Sindh has raised concerns among the province’s exporters. The government banned certain activities due to environmental concerns. However, we need to consider the effects on rice production and exports. Moving forward, we must adopt a comprehensive approach to environmental issues. This approach should consider the needs of all stakeholders, including farmers and exporters. Sustainable agriculture practices and collaboration between the government and private sector are crucial for long-term prosperity.

Sindh's Exporters Disapprove of Limited Ban on Rice Farming
Sindh’s Exporters Disapprove of Limited Ban on Rice Farming

The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) expressed strong disapproval of the prohibition of rice cultivation. The organization criticized the ban, stating that it would have adverse effects on the rice industry. And, the livelihoods of farmers in the region.

REAP emphasized that this ban would result in significant financial losses for farmers who rely on rice cultivation as their primary source of income. Moreover, it would also negatively impact the country’s economy by reducing the overall production and export of rice.

In light of these concerns, REAP called for a reconsideration of the ban. And, urged the authorities to explore alternative solutions that would not harm the livelihoods of farmers.

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On Wednesday, during a meeting, exporters emphasized the crucial role of rice in generating foreign reserves through exports, particularly in these challenging times. However, they also criticized government actions, which they believe are discouraging the export of this essential commodity.

The exporters pointed out that the export of rice plays a vital role in boosting the country’s foreign reserves, and they stressed the importance of government support to facilitate this process. However, they expressed concern over what they perceive as the government’s lack of support and policy measures that are hampering their efforts to export rice.

In the meeting, Chela Ram Kewlani Chairman of REAP, Haseeb Ali Khan Senior Vice Chairman, Habibur Rehaman, Vice Chairman, and Managing Committee Members were also present.

Chela Ram stated that rice is the second largest commodity exported, generating more than $2.5 billion in valuable foreign exchange annually. As it is not the primary staple food, rice is a surplus crop that is suitable for export. He further added that achieving the export target of over $2 billion will be challenging due to the ban, especially since there is already a shortage of crops this year.

Chela Ram has urged President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Commerce Minister Naveed Qamar, and Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to reconsider the ban on rice exportation. His goal is to increase the export of rice and boost foreign exchange earnings for the country.

He highlighted to the Sindh Government that Shaheed Benazirabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, and Sukkur are major regions for cultivating rice, and there is no valid reason for prohibiting the cultivation of rice in these areas.

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Pakistan is likely to earn a revenue of $2 billion from exporting rice in the ongoing fiscal year. This is due to a notable increase of 45% in the quantity of rice exported during the first eight months.


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