Farmers held protest against WTO regime

On the 17th of April 2007, during the Cairns Ministerial meeting in Lahore , farmers from Pakistan took out a protest procession against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regime, terming it lethal for the farming sector in poor countries.

The procession started from the Davis Road and, after marching on the Egerton Road up to Awan-i-Iqbal, retuned to the Lahore Press Club where around one thousand farmers from Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP and Punjab addressed the gathering.

Anwar Baloch, a farmer of Balochistan, termed the WTO a conspiracy against farmers and said they are aware of the nefarious plot. Farmers, he said, would not sleepwalk into the trap and resist it with their might.

Jan Nisar Khalil, a farmer leader from NWFP, said the WTO regime would harm farmers. He said developed countries wanted to exploit the poor. He said farmers from under-developed countries should oppose the WTO regime. There could be no unique recipe for diverse and indigenous problems of farmers, he observed.