False & forged crisis in commodity/ food supplies & artificial prices-hiking in Pakistan

have been the evil practices of ‘’mafia the deep-seated elements’’ who are against IMRAN KHAN OR PTI GOVT.

First of all, there is no crisis of food supplies, no crisis of Flour, no crisis of Fertilizers, no crisis of Sugar, no crisis of Lentils, no crisis of CNG or Petrol but the sick elements mostly the ‘’PATWAREE ÚNANIMOUSNESS’’ are busy in propagating fake & fictitious crisis of commodities, coughing rubbish against the govt, reviling and vilifying the govt and its institutions.

Action indeed is compulsory against these elements, involved in hoarding, profiteering and creating artificial crisis in the country for the commodity in domestic market. Seemingly its structured manipulated games being played by cartels making hue and cry in Punjab & another province.

Prime Minister Imran Khan however has constituted a committee to investigate the ‘’wheat shortage’’ that has gripped the country in recent days. The four-member committee will be headed by the Federal Investigation Agency Director-General, a representative of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the director-general of Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment and any other member selected by the FIA DG.

The committee, has been asked to furnish its report by February 6, will ascertain the causes of the shortage, “circumstances leading to the wheat/ flour related controversy” and assess the future stock that led to “allowing export of wheat… and subsequent imposition of ban on exports”.

In addition, CM Punjab too took action when news item had aired on the media regarding unilateral increase in flour price in some districts of the province. He directed the officers concerned to take immediate administrative measures for stabilizing the flour price in the province.

Punjab Food Department initiated a crackdown on 376 flour mills, stopped wheat quota to 180 mills, imposed Rs90 million fine on the mills and suspended licenses of 15 flour mills.

Referring the past news conference in Islamabad on 28th May, 2019 Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sahibzada Muhammad Sultan had revealed that Pakistan could not achieve the wheat production target this year due to unfavorable weather conditions that damaged ripe and ready-to-harvest crop, causing a loss of 1.5 million tons of wheat against the target of 25.5 million tons from an area of 8.833 million hectares during Rabi season of 2018-19.

However, as the country had a leftover wheat stock of 3.7 million tons, the total availability of the grain would be 27.9 million tons as against the national requirement of 25.8 million tons. It is nonetheless, satisfying, that Pakistan, despite a shortfall in production this year [2018-19] remains self-sufficient in wheat, with the wheat output and carry-over stocks exceeding domestic consumption requirements.

Sahibzada Sultan blamed the previous government for slashing the budget for agriculture from Rs 38 billion to Rs 16 billion and added that they “could not find kickbacks in this sector and for that reason agriculture remained out of focus during their government”.

The PTI government led by Imran Khan had a vision and maximum focus to revive agriculture sector for being the backbone of the national economy. An agreement was signed with China entitled “Framework Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation” by the present government which will cover all aspects of agriculture sector and would share modern technology with Pakistan in addition to mechanisation skills that will benefit small farmer, Said Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research.

Besides, Minister for National Food Security and Research Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar said sufficient wheat stock was available in the country to fulfil the domestic requirements of flour, and expressed firm resolve to take strict action against those involve in hording, profiteering or creating artificial crisis of the commodity in the domestic markets.

Referring that due to transporters’ strike in Karachi affected the wheat supply in the local markets of Sindh, and the ban on inter-provincial movement of wheat between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to curb its smuggling.

However Karachi supply was enhanced to 10,000 metric tons from 9,000 metric tons and wheat-laden trucks of National Logistic Cell had already left, adding that the federal government assured the provincial government of providing 50,000 tons more wheat from the PASCOs go-downs on requirement.

The supply to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was disturbed due to inter-provincial checks, was also realigned and supply to the province was increased from 4,000 metric tons per day to 5,000 tons.

Apart from, the private sector was also supplying 4,000 tons to provincial markets, regarding the supply for KP would be enhanced by 10,000 metric tons.

So far, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had lifted 250,000 metric tons of wheat out of 450,000 tons, he said, adding that 100,000 metric tons of more wheat would be provided to province after the approval of the Economic Coordination Committee.

The minister said the flour mills of Punjab was provided 390 metric tons of wheat, adding that total demand of Lahore city and adjoining areas was recoded at 180,000 bags of 20kg per day.

Out of the total requirements, the Food Department was supplying 140,000 bags and 35,000 bags were provided by the private sector, he said.

He said that around 40,000 metric tons of wheat was smuggled to Afghanistan per month, and special measures were also made to check this smuggling to keep the supply smooth in local markets. The minister said a special helpline was also established to monitor the wheat supply in local markets and wheat procurement targets were also enhanced from six million tons to eight million tons to keep the strategic reserves for local requirements.

To a question, he said the incumbent government had attached higher priorities with the agriculture sector and initiated development projects worth Rs 300 billion to enhance the output of major crops, including wheat.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said a mafia was creating artificial shortage of wheat and flour by purchasing the commodities from local markets in a bid to whiten their black money.
in a news conference, she said 368 sale points and 181 truck points had been set up to ensure smooth supply of wheat flour to people.

She said indiscriminate action was being taken against elements involved in hoarding of flour, more than 25,000 tons of wheat was being provided to some 814 flour mills in Punjab on a daily basis.

Firdous said the government breaking the nexus of the mafia to get rid of people creating artificial flour crisis. Govt taking stern legal action against stockiest, hoarders and profiteers. She said now the war against price hike had entered in its final stages.

She said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the government to ensure early provision of 400,000 tons of wheat to Sindh province, out of which Sindh had yet lifted 100,000 tons. In 6 district relevant officers had been suspended who were intriguing in increasing flour prices, in 814 flour mills where govt providing wheat at subsidized rates, she said

The country also experienced for sugar shortage amidst prevailing wheat availability crisis. The wheat scarcity has led to whopping increase in prices which resulted in Rs12-15 per piece.

Despite self-sufficiency in both food [wheat & sugar] if the problem sustains and the country goes to export sugar, price may lead Rs100 price from Rs 80 in case the export quantity is not controlled and lowered by the Government

During the previous year Pakistan had produced 600,000 tons of sugar. In PTI govt in the last fifteen months the wholesale price reached Rs 64 per kilo, the acute shortage led to Rs 74 wholesale price within a week.

Anti govt factors consecutively targeting the govt to defuse, denouncing and disparaging, belittling and defaming, leaving no stone unturned to spit over the govt and its leadership. As soon as the govt goes stable these loathsome & contemptible character raises its head, criticizes & creates hurdle overtly & covertly to inseminate wrong propaganda about the ruling elites.

There is group of thieves, hoarders & profiteers who intentionally limit the supplies & rants shortage such as Flour & Sugar crisis they created recently.

Basically, it’s a Provincial subject that needs to be sorted out through provincial govt to control price-hiking & its procurement instead to shift responsibility on Federal.

Every province must undertake responsibility to ensure stock and its supplies in the market and special care for stock replenishment before it drains out. CM of relevant provinces must assign task to the concerned minister to check volume of production and supplies and stocks maintenance to update coherence between demand and supply.

There are 30 to 40 families in the country keeps stronghold on agricultural production & its marketing. Mill owner does not pay the price to the growers as per govt fixed prices but takes at low cost resulting the poor farmer cries & even does not receive the payment in full.

Price hiking also is used as a tool to demoralize the candidate during election [in the past] such tactics had been adopted in 2013, an artificial crisis for Flour when Pervaiz Elahi was contesting election, due to false shortage of Flour that’s impacted on election result and eventually Pervez Elahi had lost the election.

For FERTILIZER…, According to the statement issued two months before. Mr. Asad Qaiser highlighted that the farmers complain that continuous surge in fertilizer prices has rendered farming unsustainable and noncompetitive for the poor farmers.

He was chairing a meeting of the National Assembly Special Body on Agricultural Products on Monday 3rd October 2019 at Parliament House Islamabad where all the stakeholders were invited.

The Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the NA body about the fertilizer prices, availability and cost of production.

He stated that the surge in prices is non-reasonable and the margin of profit for the fertilizer industry is quite high.

Sharing figures pertaining to cost of production, he highlighted that in the last one-year alone fertilizer prices have been revised almost five times.

The officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, representatives of provincial agriculture departments and Members of the body emphatically stressed the need for rationalizing fertilizer prices.

Several members pointed out that the fertilizer manufacturers collect Rs400 per bag of urea from the farmers on account of GIDC while the same is not passed on to government.

Gas shortage…..the situation did not improve despite decision of the Government to suspend supply to CNG stations, which has its own repercussions for the economy, and consumers in different parts of the country, finding it difficult to prepare food due to low pressure or total absence of gas.

The massive shortfall of gas has compelled the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to curtail the supply to sectors other than domestic consumers but the crisis persists despite suspension of supplies to fertilizer factories and other industries.

As domestic gas production was on the decline, the Government should have initiated timely measures to import LNG in required quantities to avert the crisis.

Gas demand is increasing rapidly because of higher consumption in almost all the major sectors particularly power, domestic, fertilizer, captive power and industry but the supplies were not keeping pace with higher demand.

Apart from imports, the Government had the option to take firm measures to check widespread theft of gas especially in KP where half of the total volume of the gas being produced in KP (400MMCFD) is being stolen as a matter of right. Would the Government act to check it or continue with its policy of burdening the metered consumers further?

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