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Punjab will seal boarders to curb wheat smuggling

Punjab will seal boarders to curb wheat smuggling

LAHORE: All borders of Punjab will be sealed curbing wheat smuggling from the province which will bring down the price of wheat also.

This was stated by Senior Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan who was informed at a high level meeting that the procurement limit of wheat has been exceeded after which the province has a total stock of 4.3 million metric tons of wheat which will be abundant to meet the needs of the province.

Expressing satisfaction over this important achievement, Punjab Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan directed the food department officials to immediately provide assistance to flour mills and seed companies in procurement of wheat so that wheat in this sector could also be made sufficient.

Similarly, an integrated strategy should be formulated for the supply of wheat to the province of KP in which the food departments and the chief secretaries of both the provinces should be taken on board so that there is no confusion.

Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan also directed the food secretary to hold a meeting with the Punjab Flour Mills Association after which the district administration in consultation with the Food Department and Flour Mills would determine the price of flour in each division.

It is a good thing that 90 per cent target of procurement of wheat by Punjab Seed Corporation has been achieved, Abdul Aleem Khan added.

He further said that this year has been a historic achievement in procurement of wheat and it is expected that the department will continue to show the same sense of duty in future. He also directed to prepare recommendations for a new policy for approval of Prime Minister Imran Khan under which wheat procurement would be changed next year and wheat would be kept only for Government reserves.