ISLAMABAD – Wheat procurement campaign across the grain producing areas in the country was in full swing as procurement targets for the season achieved by 46 per cent.
Over 2.861 million tonnes of wheat has been procured So far in order to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as for keeping the strategic reserves to tackle with the future consumption, said Food Security Commissioner, Dr Imtiaz Ali Gopang in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Talking to APP here on Monday, he said that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet in its meeting had approved the wheat procurement targets of 6.3 million tonnes during procurement drive for the crop season 2021.
By the end of last week, Punjab has achieved 53.94 per cent of its assigned targets as it procured 1,888,016 (over 1.888 million tonnes) as against the set targets of 3.500 million tonnes during current season.
Meanwhile, Sindh, which is the second largest grain producing province has completed its procurement campaign by 38.66 per cent and procured about 541,242 metric tonnes as against the set targets of 1.400 million tonnes, he added.
Federal Food Security Commissioner further informed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces were tasked to procure 100,000 tonnes respectively as till date Balochistan has procured about 19,698 metric tonnes of grains, adding that procurement details from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were not yet received.
Dr Imtiaz said that Balochistan had 19.69 per cent of its procurement targets as procurement centres had established in different areas to facilitate the farmers in the province.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Service Corporation (PASSCO) has procured 398,263 metric tonnes of wheat as it achieved about 33.11 per cent of its set targets for current season, he added.
The PASSCO had also established over 239 procurement centres across the country in order to initiate grain procurement drive for crop season 2021.
These centres were established to facilitate the farmers in order to sell their produce on official fixed rates and safe them from the exploitation of middle men, he added.
In this regard, PASSCO has already made all the necessary arrangements like requirements of logistics including supply of bardana (jute bags), gunji kits, fumigants or pesticides and , polyethylene, he added.