No shortage of wheat in country, Senate told

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Staff Reporters

Islamabad/Peshawar

National Food Security and Research Minister Khusro Bakhtiar on Tuesday informed the Senate that sufficient four million tonnes of wheat was available in public sector and there was no shortage of the commodity in the country. Winding debate on flour and wheat crisis in the country in the Senate, the minister said artificial crisis was emerged due to disturbance of supply change in the country.
He said mechanism was evolved with the collaboration of provincial governments to overcome current artificial wheat and flour crisis in the country. The minister said there was no shortage of wheat reserves in the country and wheat supply had been enhanced to the provinces to end the existing crisis.
Wheat supply to Sindh had been enhanced to 10,000-12,000 tonnes daily from the stock of Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO), he added. Similarly, around 5000 tonnes wheat was also being supplied to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on daily basis from the government and private sector stock, the minister said.
District administration Peshawar sealed and suspended the wheat quota of two flour mills over the selling of official flour in black market. On the directives of the DC, Mohammad Ali Asghar, the AC, Shah Alam, Dr. Ihtesham-ul-Haq conducted raids on various flour mills on Budhni Road and suspended quota of two flour mills over selling official flour in black market.