ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government has decided to take firm action against hoarding and smuggling of wheat, the Minister for Commerce Naveed Qamar said.
During the question hour in the National Assembly on Wednesday, the minister said that the government has decided to import three million metric tons of wheat to meet domestic requirements.
The minister said that the wheat procurement target set for the current season will be achieved by the end of June. He also said that modern silos will be established to ensure better preservation of wheat.
Naveed Qamar said that the Country is self-sufficient in wheat production but over the last two years, a shortfall has been witnessed due to various factors including non-availability of timely fertilizers to the farmers, climate change, and shortage of water.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi regretted the delay in the completion of New Balakot City.
Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that 30 percent work on the project has been completed. He said that responsibility rests with the provincial government to complete the remaining 70 percent work.