Federal govt to send Sindh 37,000 tonnes of wheat
By Asif Khan
KARACHI: The wheat crisis still has Karachi in its grip and the federal government has committed to provide Sindh 37,000 tonnes of wheat in order to control wheat and flour prices, which have touched all time highs, Yar Muhammad Rind, federal minister for food, agriculture and livestock, said on Tuesday.
Flour was being sold for Rs 18 per kg in Karachi and wholesale markets ran dry of the commodity. Wheat was traded in the range of Rs 1,275 to Rs 1,300 per 100 kg in the open market. An 80-kg bag flour was being sold for Rs 1,300 and supplies were short.
The government will provide 7,000 tonnes of wheat from the United Nation’s World Food Organization. The provision of a package of 10,000 tonnes of wheat has been finalized for this week with Pakistan Agriculture Supplies and Storage Corporation (PASSCO).
The federal government has also asked the Punjab government to provide 20,000 tonnes of wheat to Sindh, which will be reciprocated when the Sindh crop reaches the market.