[News] The contractor of Pepsi Cola International, Lahore, Cheated Fromers of Hunza

HUNZA, April 28 (Dawn): Small farmers of Hunza-Nagar have sought help from the Federal and Punjab governments in ensuring their payment from a Lahore-based company.

In an appeal to the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the small growers from Shimshal.

Talking to mediapersons here, the representatives of the farmers said that Chaudhry Masood Ahmed, the contractor of Pepsi Cola International, Lahore, lifted 3,290 bags of potato from 1,040 small farmers in 2009 on promise of making payments of Rs5.2 million within 10 days but never returned.

The farmers had to incur Rs37 million loss due to poor production of potato as the contractor had provided substandard seed to them.

“We approached the contractor in Lahore on his given address but his in-laws threatened us,” Ali Ahmed, one of the affected persons said. We have also registered an FIR 92/10 against the contractor at Gilgit Police station for giving fake cheques to some of the farmers, they informed. We have also forwarded an application to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, through the PML-N Secretariat in Gilgit in this regards, they said.—Correspondent

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