ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed Punjab government to enhance its target for wheat procurement and instructed Food Security Division to timely import commodity, if need arises to meet any shortfall.
Prime Minister was also briefed about public relief measures by sitting government, which includes provision of subsidised wheat to flour mills, availability of 10 kilogrammes of wheat flour bag at Rs 400, supply of flour through Utility Stores in Balochistan and two metric tonnes of wheat to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was told that reduction in wheat cultivation area, shortage of water, and fertilizer crisis, were the main reason behind low production.
Regarding wheat procurement target at government level, meeting was apprised that Punjab has achieved 91.66 percent, Sindh 49.68 percent and Balochistan 15.29 percent, while PASSCO has hundred percent of its objective. It was told that target set for current year was 28.89 metric tonnes of wheat, but production is likely to remain 26.173 metric tonnes.