MP Traders Stop Paan Business With Pakistan

Bhopal, February 27, 2019 (Ataullah Faizan): 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.