Chairman Pakistan Flour Mills Association Punjab, Abdul Rauf Mukhtar, rang the bell of flour shortage due to poor policies of Punjab government.
Abdul Rauf Mukhtar said that the Punjab government and the food department did not allow the flour mills to procure wheat privately in time, the flour mills did not have stock of wheat and it was becoming difficult to run the mills.
He said that this year the first time that wheat procurement campaign Food Department of flour wheat purchases allowed, causing wheat subtracted the stock runs out, the food department still wheat procurement could not meet target So far, only 3.35 million tonnes of wheat has been procured while the food department ‘s carryover stock was only 100,000 tonnes.
He said so far 90 percent of the wheat harvest is complete and the Food Department of wheat procurement target of 45 million tons, the context of the current food department is not possible to meet the target.
Abdul Rauf Mukhtar said that if the food department still does not take the nails of consciousness, there may be a shortage of flour. The entire responsibility will be on the government and the food department.
According to sources, untimely rains and hailstorms in the country have caused severe damage to wheat and other crops, which has caused distress to the farmers, as the rains have caused difficulties in harvesting wheat and also delayed the sowing of cotton. If the cotton crop is not planted in time, there is a danger of a decline in cotton production.
Extracted from City42 News