According to reliable sources, it has been reported that the small to medium sized rice growers, millers, processors and exporters in Pakistan have formed a ‘Rice Syndicate’ under the Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) to deal with the problems faced by the country’s rice sector. In this regard, the UNISAME President informed to the reporters that the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are frustrated with the attitude of the trade bodies who are not interested in advocating the cause of the growers, millers, processors and exporters of rice and to resolve their problems collectively on self-help basis.
Further, it has been stated that this Rice Syndicate would give serious consideration to the problems of farmers who are not able to recover their production costs due to high input costs and low prices. It was revealed that under this syndicate the problems of millers, most of whom are operating at lower capacities due to lack of demand from processors and exporters will be undertaken to solve them. The official also indicated that the exporters are also facing problems due to stiff competition from India and other exporting nations.
Furthermore, in this matter it was narrated by the UNISAME President that the ‘Rice Syndicate’ would bring all rice growers, millers, processors and exporters under one platform as their issues are inter-connected. It has been observed that the supply chain, the logistics, the poor quality of insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, the shipping company’s inefficiencies, the costly packing materials and other issues of rice imports from India by the rice mafia and their demands to allow imports of rice from the Wag-ah border are some of common and serious issues. Therefore, it was emphasized that the Syndicate members will meet regularly with the stakeholders, comprehend their issues and takes up their cause with the concerned provincial and Federal Ministries accordingly.