Sindh cabinet sets Rs 2200/40kg wheat price for next harvest

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The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said the provincial cabinet, in order to incentivize the growers and to encourage them to grow more wheat so that Sindh could be self-sufficient in the crop, has decided to fix the support price of wheat at Rs 2200 per 40 kilograms for season 2021-22.

“Wheat production is expected to be 27.5 million metric tonnes in the country in 2021-22 – an 8% increase over the 25 million tonnes produced in the previous year”, the cabinet was briefed. The cabinet decided to enhance the wheat support price in view of the hike in fertilizer price and other agriculture inputs.

Last year, 2020-21 Sindh had fixed the support price of 40KG wheat at Rs 2,000.

“This subsidy will be provided to the growers having one to 16 acres of land for cultivation,” according to the briefing.

The provincial cabinet of Sindh Thursday also allowed the Sindh Excise and Taxation department to rationalize the registration and renewal fees of electric vehicles so that they could easily be registered in the province.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah shared the details of cabinet meeting with the media persons in a press conference at CM House.

He was flanked by provincial ministers Saeed Ghani, Nasir Shah, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab and Secretary Information Rasheed Solangi.

The provincial cabinet after thorough discussion and deliberations approved an amendment in Section 2(h) of Sugar Factories Control Act, 1950 under which “the crushing season shall commence from November 1 to 30” for which the provincial government would issue specific notification.

The provincial cabinet approved a Federal government program to offer subsidies to the farmers on phosphate fertilizer during the Rabi Crop 2021-22 on the 50:50 basis.

The federal government has approved that the ratio of subsidy would be 50:50 by federal and provincial governments. Sindh has 21.6 percent share in the national population, therefore its share in the subsidy would be 5.6 billion. If the outreach comes to 60 percent its share would be 3.3 percent and it would have to give its share of Rs 1.65 billion and the remaining Rs 1.65 billion to be borne by the federal government.

The CM Sindh said that the Irrigation department has surrendered its 48 acre land which has been allotted to Katchiabadies to regularize the colonies as per its policy framework.

He added that a similar exercise was conducted in other districts and cities of the province so that human settlements could be protected from being displaced.

The federal government has recently introduced a program, Targeted Commodity subsidy program/Ehsaas Raashan Madad’ with proposed coverage of the program encompassing all the province, the chief minister said and added the target population of the program were the low income families living below the poverty line.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the total cost of the program was said to be Rs 180 billion in which the federal government’s share would be 35 percent or only Rs 42 billion and the provinces would have to share 65 percent or Rs 78 billion. He added that the share of the Sindh government would be 17.67 billion (22.65 percent of all provinces).

The cabinet discussed the matter and learnt that the beneficiary would have to register himself through an Android mobile phone to get subsidies on flour, sugar, oil and pulses.

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