Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa demanded the Federal government to release wheat to local mills as per demand from Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Corporation (Passco), to avoid flour shortages in the province.
“Passco has yet not released 300,000 metric ton of wheat as per demand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which might create flour crisis there, said PFMA provincial Chairman, Mohammad Anees Ashraf. He said that the local flour mills have sent a demand to Passco, a two month ago, but the wheat was yet not to be released.
The association provincial chairman said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government did not fulfil the requirement of local mills, due to non-availability of sufficient reserves of wheat. Flour millers are being faced with business losses, and difficulties for shortage of sufficient wheat there, he added. He urged the government to increase wheat quota to local mills, as per growing population and demand in K-P.
Owing to shortages of wheat in K-P, he demanded the Federal government to ensure releases from surplus wheat stock to local flour mills on reliable rates, which were available at Pakistan Storage and Services Corporation. Currently, he said the quota realising from provincial government wheat stock, was total 20 per cent of the total population of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which might be created flour shortages in the province.