After Snapping Date and Tomato Ties, MP Traders Stop Paan Business With Pakistan
The crispy flavour of the paan's Mahoba variety, which grows in Madhya Pradesh, is quite popular in Pakistan.
Image for representation only.
Bhopal: After a major pre-emptive strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp across the border by Indian Air Force on Tuesday, Indian farmers and suppliers have decided to show solidarity by ceasing vital supplies to Pakistan.
First, it was the tomato growers of Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district who stopped export to Pakistan in protest against Pulwama attack and then the dates traders also decided against keeping trade ties with the neighbouring country. Now, the paan (betel leaf) growers of Madhya Pradesh have come forward with the trade moratorium, saying they won’t be supplying their product to Pakistan.
Areas such as Maharajpur, Garhimalahra, Pipat and Panagar in MP’s Chhatarpur district are known for the farming of Mahoba variety of paan.
Its strong and crispy flavour and delicious aftertaste have made Mahoba paan quite popular in Pakistan. It reaches the country through Meerut and Saharanpur, but now the growers of this delectable crop have decided to not send their crop to these two Indian cities so that the produce does not reach Pakistan.
The move could inflict Rs 13 to 15 lakh losses to paan growers in the region daily but they are not bothered by monetary losses. “If the central government could decide to disrupt supplies of water to Pakistan, why can’t we cease supplies of our crop?” said a farmer from Chhatarpur.
The move comes at a time when farmers are already suffering losses due to damage to their crops.
Recently, the tomato growers of Petlavad region in Jhabua had decided to not send their produce to Pakistan. There is a high demand of Jhabua tomatoes in Pakistan and they fetch two to three times the price in Pakistan as compared to local markets.
Indore’s Siyaganj wholesale market, which imports dates and rock salt from Pakistan in large quantities, has also stopped trade ties with the neighbour.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Recommended For You
- Inspired by 50s Puppet Show or Just for Appeal? Internet is Wondering What 'Howdy Modi' Means
- Salman Khan Miffed with Ranbir Kapoor's Tentative Film's Title Devil?
- Priyanka Chopra Plans the Perfect Birthday Outing for Nick Jonas
- Woman Sets Apartment on Fire While Trying to Burn Love Letter from Her Ex
- If Your iPhone Has a True Depth Camera, You Can Now Take 3D Selfies on Snapchat