First vessel carrying over 60,000MT wheat to reach Karachi tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The first vessel carrying about 60,804 metric tonnes of wheat from Ukraine will reach Karachi port on Wednesday, which will help strengthen the local reserves of the commodity, besides ensuring smooth supply of flour at sustainable prices across the country.

“This reveals the determination of the government to provide relief to masses in wake of ongoing price hike of wheat flour,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFS&R) on Tuesday.

It informed that MNFS&R Minister Syed Fakhar Imam had recently visited the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) to supervise the efforts of his ministry regarding the hassle-free import of wheat.

The minister was apprised that a proactive approach was being adopted by the ministry, which resulted in strong coordination between public and private sector institutions both in Pakistan and countries from where wheat was being imported.

Earlier, MNFS&R Secretary Omar Hamid Khan had also visited Karachi to hold consultations with stakeholders involved in wheat import-chain, including Karachi Port Trust, wheat importers, plant quarantine authorities and Sindh government.

He had assured the private sector of complete government support for the timely supply of wheat to mills.

The first eight vessels carrying around 500,000 metric tonnes of wheat would reach Karachi port by last week of September 2020.

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  1. Corruption and smuggling in Pakistan puts pressure on foreign exchange reserves. Army should take over Pakistan as Imran Khan and his team have proved a failure time and time again.

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