Wheat harvesting in full swing


April 17, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The province of Sindh has procured about 7,56,000 tons of wheat so far during the current crop procurement campaign to fulfill the domestic requirements of the country.

Wheat Commissioner in Ministry of Food and Agriculture Dr Shakeel said on Saturday that wheat procurement was in full swing in Sindh as it had set the target to procure about 1.5 million tons of the commodity for the year 2010-11.

He said that Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) had established 12 procurement centres in two tehsils of Sindh for procuring wheat on official fixed rates of Rs 950 per 40 kg.

He added that PASSCO had established 187 procurement centres in Punjab and Sindh provinces where the Food Department Balochistan would procure wheat for the province, he added.

Dr. Shakeel said that wheat procurement in Punjab would start on April 20 as all arrangements were finalized including the provision of sacks for wheat procurement to growers.

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