Wheat transportation ban unlikely to bear fruit - Karachi

KARACHI - The price hike in the open market and reports of illegal hoarding of commodity by various quarters has almost stopped the momentum of wheat procurement process of food department.
However, provincial department also not certain about the achieving of wheat procurement target of 1.7 million tons for this season owing to reported reasons, officials told The Nation on Sunday.
The home department of Sindh government has been reported by Food Department that the wheat and flour prices are showing upward trend during last couple of days and this situation is alarming and may create un-rest amongst the people especially before the holy month of Ramadan.
Besides the upward trend of wheat prices has also stopped the procurement of commodity at official level in this season, the spokesman of the food department of Sindh Government said, adding, the Food Department has fixed a procurement target of 1.5 million tons, which to be further enhanced upto 1.7 million tons of wheat for the current Crop-2011.
A significant quantity of 1.4 million tons wheat has so far been procured upto till the end of June, 2011, spokesman said.
In a bid to arrest the price hike trend of flour and discourage hoarding of commodity, the Government of Sindh on July 2, 2011 through a notification had already imposed ban on inter-district movement of wheat and across the borders of the Sindh Province for a period of one month (30 days) with immediate effect. In pursuance of Section 195(1) (a)Cr.P.C, the SHO of concerned Police Station has been authorized to register the complaints under Section 188 PPC in writing for the violation of Section 144 Cr.P.C. against the violators of this order. When contacted, president of Flour Mills Association of Sindh Chapter Mian Mehmood Hassan told The Nation that flour mills and ‘Atta Chakies’ have been exempted from ban of inter-district movement of wheat in the province.

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