Millers grinding low quality wheat: minister

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Food and Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said on Monday that the owners of flour mills were making money at the cost of people’s health and causing a great loss to the government exchequer.

“Importers has purchased 6.5 lac metric tons of low quality wheat from Russia and Ukrain at the rate of 260 to 267 dollars per ton and total payment was made from 161,900,000 dollars to 18,6550,000 dollars and they did so in order to get more profit and grinding low quality wheat,” he said in a statement.

The minister said: “Through this act , the millers will get profit of more than 15,000,000 dollars and this will affect the people of Pakistan in general and people of Sindh in particular.”

Dahar said that 1,800,000 metric tons of good quality wheat is lying in government and private sector godowns. He said that on one hand, the millers were minting money while grinding and importing low quality wheat and other hand causing loss to the government exchequer. He demanded of the federal government to take immediate notice of the situation.

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