Sufficient wheat stocks available for domestic consumption

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Islamabad

Abundant wheat stocks of over 6.075 million tons are available in the country, which are more then sufficient to tackle with the domestic requirements of the major staple food grains during the season.
Total availability of wheat during the year 2018-19 was estimated at 28.256 million tons, including production of 24.479 metric tons and leftover stocks of 3.777 million tons as compared to the national requirements 26.91 million tons, said an official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Talking to APP here on Friday he said that out of the total available stocks,10% were kept on account of strategic reserves, seeds and feed purpose, adding that no shortage of the commodity was observed in the country and prices of flour in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh increased due to demand and supply gap of wheat in these provinces.
He said that wheat stocks were recorded at 9.912 million tons during the same period of last year, adding that public sector had procured about 4.034 million tons of the commodity.—APP

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