Sindh Government to export surplus wheat

Karachi, December 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Government has decided to export the surplus wheat and also asked Federal Government to extend its support from Trading Corporation of Pakistan in this regard. This was decided in the meeting to review the prevailing stock, and market price of wheat which was presided over by the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House Karachi today.

The Sindh Minister for finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Gianchand Esrani , Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiana, Secretary to CM Alumdin Bullo, Secretary Food Saeed Awan, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput and other officers of lined departments attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister Sindh formed 3-members committee consisting on Sindh Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Dahar and Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Gianchand Esrani to work out and prepare Export mechanism within 2 to 3 days.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister Sindh directed the authorities of Food Department to float the tender for exporting the wheat within 3 days, to call the competitive bids from wheat exporters. He directed the officers strictly to stop the wheat movement from other provinces to Sindh province, and take strict action against the wheat hoarding and sell of sub-standard wheat in the market.

The Sindh Chief Minister was of the view that since the Federal Government had allowed for importing the wheat without consultation with Sindh Government, specially when Sindh Government and even Punjab government were possessing huge stock of indigenous production of wheat, it should share the losses and extend its support for extorting the surplus wheat of the Sindh Province.

The Chief Minister Sindh advised the mill owners to refrain from marketing the substandard flour and directed the authorities of food department to analyze the substandard imported wheat and to ascertain that up to what extent it was injurious to human health.

The Chief Minister Sindh said that growers were backbone of our economy and also main supporters of PPP. He said that Sindh Government to protect the interests of the growers at any cost. He said that Sindh Government has already paid Rs. 4.6 billion subsidy on the procurement of wheat from the growers at the support price to protect the farmers from losses. The meeting was informed that Sindh has wheat stock of 11 Lac ton out of which 4 Lac ton are available at Karachi for immediate export.

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