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Don’t export wheat below $325 per tonne, agriculture forum asks government




  • Agri Forum Pakistan Chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal has warned federal government that high-quality Pakistan wheat should be exported at least at the rate of $325 per ton. He said that deal being negotiated with any foreign country for export of wheat should be transparent and fair.

    Talking to¬†Business Recorder on Wednesday, Mughal averred that Pakistani wheat is of premium quality and it should fetch at least $325 per ton or Rs 1,230 per maund. He was reacting to the news that some countries including Iran and Tajikistan had expressed desire to import wheat other commodities from Pakistan. He said that the federal government and its ‘Babus’ working on this deal should ensure that the premium Pakistani agricultural commodities should fetch premium price.

    He alleged that if bureaucracy was planning to sell Pakistani wheat at less than $325 per ton then they might be thinking to pocket commission and feather their own nests. Mughal said that political leadership should play its role to ensure transparency and fairness in any such deal as each rupee belongs to the nation of Pakistan.

    This wheat is the property of Pakistan and it should be safeguarded, he said and added that the government should keep an eye on increasing prices of wheat in the international market. Agri Forum Pakistan Chairman also proposed that the rulers should ensure that wheat stocks from 2011 season should be sold first. He also said that wheat stored on ‘Ganjis’ (plinths) should be disposed off on priority basis than disposing off the wheat stored in godowns.

    Copyright Business Recorder, 2012

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