ISLAMABAD: The federal government would closely procure wheat this season, Federal Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety and Analysis Khusro Bakhtiar stated on Thursday, reassuring customers that there was no want for panic as adequate wheat and flour have been accessible within the nation.
The minister chaired a gathering through video hyperlink on the preparations made for the procurement of wheat, which was additionally attended by the meals ministers of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa moreover officers of related departments.
The federal government has set the wheat procurement goal for Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Companies Company (Passco) at 1.eight million tonnes, for Punjab at 4.5 million tonnes, for Sindh at 1.Four million tonnes, for Balochistan at 1 million tonnes and for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at 0.45 million tonnes.
The minimal help worth for wheat has been set at Rs1,400 per 40 kg.
The assembly was knowledgeable that 1,162 wheat buy centres had been established all through the nation and district administrations in all of the provinces had been ordered to take robust motion as a way to curb any hoarding of the commodity.
It was agreed that the procurement of wheat by feed millers and non-players like rice millers and cotton ginners ought to be banned.
The minister gave directives for devising a day by day or weekly monitoring mechanism to guage the procurement targets.
“There is sufficient supply of wheat and flour in the country and the government is also going to procure heavily in this season,” Bakhtiar stated. “There is no need to panic as satisfactory reports have been given by provincial food ministers and representatives of food departments regarding supply of flour and wheat in all provinces.”
The minister known as for following directives given by the Financial Coordination Committee (ECC) relating to inter-provincial agreements on the amount and worth of wheat crop in order that cost-sharing by all of the provinces ought to be rationalised.
Printed in The Specific Tribune, March 20th, 2020.