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    Wheat procurement process gained more importance due to Covid-19 situation..Syed Fakhre Imam

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    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam chaired a meeting regarding issues pertaining to wheat procurement and available stock position via video link here in Islamabad today. The meeting was also attended by the Federal Secretary NFS&R, provincial Ministers for Agriculture of Baluchistan & KP, Managing Director PASSCO and Secretaries of Food Departments of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and KP along with representatives of federal and provincial concerned departments. In the meeting federal minister was briefed about wheat production estimates and its available stock position from representatives of Punjab, KP, Sindh and Baluchistan. Current wheat stock position shows a total of 0.854 Million tons as on 20.04.2020. Additionally, the public sector has so far procured 274,292 tons of wheat from fresh harvest in early April. The total procurement target of public sector is 8.25 Million tons as set in ECC cabinet meeting in February,2020. Federal Minister said due current situation of corona virus timely procurement of wheat and availability of other essential food items has become highly important. Issues like hoarding and smuggling of wheat from porous borders are the major challenge since many years. Moreover, Due to rainy weather and movement issues wheat procurement process is reported to be on slow pace. It was told in the meeting that set SOP’s during procurement drive are being observed and efforts have been made by Punjab and KP Government to resolve issue of intra provincial wheat procurement with the help of PASSCO and district administration. Federal minister said that Government is also focusing to increase cotton crop production by reducing issues of cotton seed germination and pesticide availability. Soon Minimum support price of cotton seed will be determined. The minister acknowledged the efforts of all four provinces and concerned departments and in order to implement strict monitoring policy on wheat procurement he ordered to submit procurement report by all four provinces on daily bases.

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