Wheat yield is expected be lower this season; says CM Sindh

After ravaging floods and heavy rainfall in most parts of Sindh province this summer, the Chief Minister, Sayed Qaim Ali Shah, has stated that it is extremely likely that the wheat production for the current season will be far
too low than the last year’s yield. The Chief Minster has demanded the federal government to devise a strategy to cope with the foreseeable shortage of wheat in the region in advance.

Qaim Ali Shah cited that an effective strategy hitting the wheat procurement target should be planed right away to avoid serious outcomes in the near future. Presiding over a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House regarding procurement
of wheat from the 2012 crop and disposal of surplus wheat stocks, he issued directives for the procurement of bardana (jute bags).

He said that the government was doing a lot for the welfare of growers and it was essential that bottlenecks in obtaining ‘bardana’ by growers were removed at the earliest. It was decided that 1.3 million tonnes of wheat would
be procured from the current crop for which ‘bardana’ should be arranged. It was further informed to the meeting that an surplus stock of 350,000 tonnes of wheat is still lying with the food department and it was decided that the stocks should be supplied
to flour mills, chakkies and businessmen at the same rate of Rs. 2,550 per 60-kg bag.

The meeting was attended by Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali Magsi, Agriculture Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas as well as secretaries and senior officials of the
relevant departments.