PFF CARAVAN FOR FOOD SECURITY,CLIMATE JUSTICE ARRIVES IN KETI BUNDER

ABBAS KASSAR
THATTA:
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) caravan was received warmly by the community people, hailing from Indus Delta villages at Ghaghar Phattak, bordering Thatta district on Wednesday on its second day. Activists of different political parties, like PPP, PML-N, Qaumi Awami Party and others also joined the caravan to express solidarity with the fishermen and peasants.

The 14-day caravan started from Pakistan Arts Council and Karachi Press Club on the March 1, carrying demand of ensuring food sovereignty and climate justice. The caravan left Ibrahim Hyderi, early in the morning on Wednesday by its route of coastal localities of Chashma Goth, Rehri Mayan, Lat Busti and others on its way, where communities with women and youth greeted the participants with showering rose petals and garlanded them.

There are more than 100 participants, including fisherwomen, peasants women in the caravan, wearing specially designed caps. The banners were inscribed with slogans demanding food sovereignty, climate justice, stop deforestation, restore mangroves and riverine forests, save fresh water bodies.

PFF activists Mir Hassan Mari, Azad Mirwahi, Fatima Majid, Yasmin Shah and others with playing cultural songs were motivating the caravan participants.

PFF chairperson Muhammad Ali Shah, Vice chairpersons Fatima Majeed, Mustafa Meerani, Yasmin Shah, Ayoub Shan and others led the procession, which is expected to travel to 11 districts to mobilise the communities about the threats of food insecurity due to climate change.

PFF has put demands of climate justice, believing that developed countries are contributing more in emission, which causes global warming. PFF statement said the top 10 emitters as measured in total greenhouse gases should be made responsible to compensate the losses facing the developing and the poor nations, like Pakistan. The impacts of emissions include deforestation, depleting natural resources, sea level rise, and shortage of fresh water sources. This all contributes health risks and posing food insecurity in the poor countries, like Pakistan.

Focusing on where emissions are produced, PFF believes that those developed nations generating carbon as a result of producing goods that are ultimately consumed in richer nations. This impacts on the poor nations, which do not have any source of emission in global warming.

The routes defined for this unique caravan, include Karachi, Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Mithi, Umer Kot, Sanghar, Nawabshah, Noshehro Feroz, Dadu, Jamshoro & Hyderaba. At all destinations, the caravan participants daily will have meetings with communities to spread message for showing ownership of the great River Indus, Indus delta, tributaries, freshwater bodies and natural resources, demanding to ensure “food sovereignty and climate justice”.

The statement further said about impacts, there are fishermen, peasants, agricultural workers, landless women and indigenous people, who are facing the issues related to climate change. These communities depend on agriculture and fishing, which are under threats because of increasing trends of urbanization and poisoning fresh water bodies, putting these people in hopeless situation.

The caravan arrived at its destination at Keti Bunder, a small town and once a flourishing port city, long before developing Karachi port, where community people received the participants in traditional enthusiasm. Earlier, a large number of community people joined the caravan at Gharo, Sakro, Baghan and other towns during its proceedings from there.

On the last day, March 14, the caravan will mark the annual International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams at the bank of the River Indus, Al-Manzar Jamshoro, where hundreds of people are expectee to participate.

SCA CONCERN ON GOVT FAILURE TO SET UP WHEAT PROCUREMENT CENTERS

ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD:
Sindh Chamber of Agriculture has expressed grave concern on failure of Sindh government to set up wheat procurement centers despite fact that harvest of crops has started and wheat was reaching in market where the growers were being exploited by traders by purchasing wheat at Rs.100 to 200 lower that government fixed rate. The chamber has demanded from government to immediately open procurement centers and to supply Bardana (empty gunny bags) to growers so they can sell their commodity at government fixed rate. A meeting of SCA was held under chair of vice president Qabool Muhammad Khatian through video link simultaneously at Karachi, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Sukkur, Ghotki and Larkana. The meeting demanded to fix price of cotton at Rs.4000 per 40 kilos and traders be allowed to import cottonseed from USA and Australia. The meeting demanded from government to take steps for development of agriculture and measures so that growers can get appropriate rate of their products. Chamber also condemned the attack on press club Hyderabad and demanded arrest of culprits. The meeting was attended, among others, by Mir Imdad Talpur,Zahid Bhurgri, Muhammad Khan Sarejo,Agha Khadim Hussain, Ghulam Mujtaba Unar, Rais Murad Ali Nizamani and others.

Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad vows to re-organize through the province

Sawan Khaskheli
BADIN:
According to a report, hundreds workers of Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad hailing from Taluka Badin, Golarchi, Tando Bago, Matli and Talhar have gathered at Khaskheli house near Seerani road Badin on Sunday. While addressing the workers, a chief of Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad, Sardar Raja Baba Khaskheli while addressing the district level gathering of Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad expressed that Rajoni Itehad would be re-organized throughout the Sindh Province and villages, union council, and district wise bodies would be formed on the modern pattern and workers convention in every district head quarter would be held after the completion of the re-organization of Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad.
Sardar Raja Baba, told the media that poverty stricken people of Sindh are being deprived from their basic rights but government is turned deaf the ears. It is the epoch the all deprived and downtrodden people have to unite for attaining their rights and basic facilities, he expressed. On the occasion he announced to hold Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad’s workers convention in Badin on 10 April 2016 and appealed to all poor and poverty stricken people to stand with Khaskheli Rajoni itehad for their protection from the atrocities and deprivation. Meanwhile, he formed a workers organizing committee of Khaskheli Rajoni Itehad of district Badin consisting on 16 members and vowed to re-organize the poor people within one month.