Shehbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has asked the Punjab government to enhance its wheat purchase target and instructed the Food Security Division to import the commodity as soon as feasible if a shortage emerges.
On Friday, he gave these instructions while chairing a high-level conference in Islamabad on wheat production, existing stockpiles, and consumption at the provincial and national levels.
The Prime Minister also issued directives to reduce wheat smuggling and build a comprehensive plan to combat commodity theft and corruption. He also demanded the presentation of a strategy for the construction of wheat storage silos.
A detailed report on the country’s wheat production this year was presented to the meeting. The goal for this year was 28.89 metric tonnes of wheat, according to reports, but output is anticipated to remain around 26.173 metric tonnes. The country’s wheat consumption is expected to be 30.79 metric tonnes. As a result of the delayed disbursement of the support price, farmers have reported a 2% decline in wheat cultivation. Additionally, increased energy prices and climate changes such as an early rise in temperature impacted the achievement of the goals.
Punjab had achieved 91.66 percent of the government’s wheat procurement objective, Sindh 49.68 percent, and Balochistan 15.29 percent, while PASSCO had fulfilled its whole goal, according to the conference.
The Prime Minister was also informed about the current government’s public relief efforts, which include subsidised wheat for flour mills, a 10 kilogramme wheat flour bag for 400 rupees, flour distribution through Utility Stores in Balochistan, and two metric tonnes of wheat for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Prime Minister asked that wheat consumption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa be identified in conjunction with the province government in order to ensure adequate supply of the commodity.