Government urged to review wheat support price decision
November 30, 2012: Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Punjab has urged the government to review its decision of increasing the wheat support price as it will not only ruin the already under crisis flour milling industry but also make unbearable hike in the flour prices for consumers.
PFMA Punjab Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Jabbar along with other PFMA leaders including Asim Ahmad Raza, Liaquat Ali Khan and Mian Riaz while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday rejected the decision of the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) to enhance wheat support price. They warned that after this hike 20 kilogram flour bag price will reach to Rs 750 per bag, while it will put an additional burden of billion of rupees on the milling industry.
They said it was better that this additional amount should be given to the growers as subsidy on fertiliser, seed, electricity and diesel as it would not only ensure prosperity of the growers but also provision of flour to the consumers on cheaper rates. PFMA Pakistan’s former Chairman Asim Raza Ahmad in his reaction said it was the obligation of the government to provide flour to the masses on cheaper rates. But the way government was enhancing its prices might lead the masses to starvation one day, he criticised the government.