Pakistan Imports Wheat From Ukraine
ISLAMABAD Aug 25 (PID): The first vessel carrying 60, 804 metric tons of wheat from Ukraine will reach Karachi port on Wednesday afternoon. This reveals the unending determinations of government to ensure relief to Pakistani masses in wake of the ongoing price hike of wheat flour in the country.
Last week, Syed Fakhar Imam, the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research on his way back from Tharparkar after chairing the special weekly session of National Locust Control Centre (NLCC) in Mithi on 20th August 2020 had visited the Department of Plant Protection (DPP), to supervise the efforts of his ministry to guarantee hassle-free wheat import. He was apprised that the proactive approach has opted which resulted in strong coordination between public and private sector institutions both in Pakistan and the countries of wheat export. The Federal Minister in his speech given credit to the extraordinary efforts of his ministry those realized timely wheat import.
Earlier last week, Mr. Omar Hamid Khan, the Federal Secretary for the Food Security Ministry had an urgent visit to Karachi to have consultations with all stakeholders involved in the wheat import-chain including Karachi Port Trust, wheat importers, Plant Quarantine authorities and Sindh Government. He assured full support of the government to the private sector to deliver timely wheat supply to mills for curbing high prices of wheat flour. He reiterated the fact that wheat is a staple food and the government would take all necessary measures to keep it in the buying power of common masses. He further urged all the stakeholders to contribute to this national issue. The Federal Secretary insisted on the urgent clearance of wheat from Karachi port after mandatory inspections and quick transportation to the whole country.
The first eight vessels carrying around 500,000 metric tons of wheat will reach Karachi port by the last week of September 2020.