LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s approval to increase the import price of wheat to Rs 1,800 has saved the Punjab government from a major wheat procurement crisis, but farmers will get Rs 400 per quintal more this year than last year.
The price of 20 kg flour bag is likely to go up significantly in the next few days due to expected increase in the price of wheat sold by the food department to flour mills and change in the rate of extraction of wheat flour, the PM said. But out of 100 kg of wheat, 80 kg of flour can be converted from white flour to whole weight flour, which may cause problems for urban consumers due to changes in the taste and nutrition of the bread.
Welcoming the Prime Minister’s statement on flour nutrition, the Chairman Flour Mills Association said that people are buying whole flour at Rs. 75-80 per kg but now Flour Mills should provide the same flour to the people at Rs. 50 per kg. But the government should launch a massive public awareness campaign for this.
A few months ago, after Sindh announced a price of Rs 2,000, the federal government had increased the purchase price of wheat for Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,650, but the provincial government and farmers rejected it and set the price at Rs 1,800. The assembly, chaired by Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, had also passed a resolution.
The Food Department had made it clear that meeting the government procurement target of Rs 1,650 would be very difficult, especially as smuggling would increase. Is selling for Rs.
With the increase in the subsidy price and raising the rate of wheat flour production from 70 to 80 per cent, it will not only have to increase the selling price of government wheat but also the flour mills will no longer bear the pressure as in the past Senior Minister Aleem At the request of Khan and officers in the post of Secretary and Director Food, he refrained from raising the price of flour because he had a small margin of 70 per cent flour and 30 per cent flour fine bran rate, but now it is 80 and 20 per cent. After the rate, it will not be possible for the mills to supply flour at the current price and there is a fear that if the government does not come up with a middle ground, a flour shortage crisis may arise.
Talking to reporters, Chairman Punjab Flour Mills Association Asim Raza said that we welcome the statement made by the Prime Minister on flour nutrition. We have been offering the government to the people for a long time. Ready to sell wholesale weight (desi flour) at Rs 80 per kg which mill owners are selling for Rs 80. We make white flour because there is demand from the people. Now if the government wants to start awareness campaign on wholesale weight flour. So the floor milling industry is with them.