1.3m tonnes wheat to be procured in Sindh

wheat procured in SindhKARACHI – Sindh government has fixed 1.3 million tonnes of wheat procurement and Rs1,050 support price for per 40-kg of wheat crop for 2012.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting of Food Department held with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in the chair at the CM house here on Tuesday.The meeting took decision of fixing target of 1.3 million metric tonnes wheat for wheat procurement crop while the support price by was fixed as Rs1050 per 40-kg. It was decided that the process of procurement of wheat will be started immediately for which 388 wheat procurement centres are being established throughout the province.Rangers will be deployed during procurement and borders with Balochistan will be sealed particularly the Karachi-Hub and Jacobabad borders.

It was further decided that Section 144 Cr PC will be imposed at procurement centres and borders. Food minister and food department secretary informed that 5,000 metric tonnes wheat will be procured from Hyderabad (Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan), 1,90,000 tonnes from Dadu district, 5,000 tonnes from Thatta, 10,000 tonnes from Badin, 80,000 tonnes from Mirpurkhas, 1,40,000 tonnes from Sanghar, 75000 tonnes from Larkana, 20,000 tonnes from Shikarpur, 75,000 tonnes from Jacobabad, 1,30,000 tonnes from Benazirabad, 120,000 tonnes from Naushehro Feroze, 1,60,000 tonnes from Khairpur, 1,70,000 tonnes from Ghotki while 70,000 tonnes will be procured from Sukkur district.

It was further informed that the support price for subsequent three years each was Rs950 per 40kgs. This year, the Sindh government has approved support price of Rs1,050 per 40-kg.Regarding wheat stock position, the meeting was informed that the wheat stock on July 1, 2011 was 15,38,219 tonnes, out of which 12,01,019 tonnes was released up to March 11, 2012. At present, there is a balance of 2,75,845 tonnes of wheat with provincial food department.

About position of Bardana (gunny bags), it was informed that there is requirement of 13,000,000 (bags) of Bardana, out of which 28,00,000 was available last year while 10,200,000 new Bardana will be purchased.

The meeting was attended by Sindh Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali Magsi, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Israr Malik, Food Secretary Naseer Jamali, Sindh Finance Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary to Sindh CM Agha Jan Akhtar, Food Director Talib Hussain Magsi, Additional Director Food Khalid Qaimkhani and others. – Nation