Low wheat yield expected
this year: CM
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that there is a
possibility of lesser wheat yield this year in comparison to
the last year’s production and, as such, a strategy should
be evolved to achieve the wheat procurement target.
Presiding over a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House
regarding procurement of wheat from the 2012 crop and
disposal of surplus wheat stocks, he issued directives for
the procurement of bardana (jute bags).
He said that the government was doing a lot for the welfare
of growers and it was essential that bottlenecks in
obtaining bardana by growers were removed at the earliest.
It was decided that 1.3 million tonnes of wheat would be
procured from the current crop for which bardana should be
The meeting was informed that there was a surplus stock of
350,000 tonnes of wheat with the food department.
The meeting decided that the stocks should be supplied to
floor mills, chakkies and businessmen at the same rate of
Rs2,550 per 60-kg bag.
Regarding provision of pacca platforms for storage of wheat,
Mr Shah called for preparing estimates.
The meeting was attended by Food Minister Mir Nadir Ali
Magsi, Agriculture Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, Finance
Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad
Abbas as well as secretaries and senior officials of the
Flood-hit dykes repair
A high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s House on
Wednesday reviewed the progress of development projects
being executed by the irrigation department with regard to
the reconstruction and repair of flood protective bunds
damaged during the 2010 floods in the province.
Chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the meeting
was attended by Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah,
Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Food Minister Mir
Nadir Ali Magsi, Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas,
Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Israr Malik, Irrigation
Secretary Khalid Haider Memon, Finance Secretary Naveed
Kamran Baloch and senior officials of the relevant
The meeting discussed liabilities and balance of payments to
be made to contractors. It was decided that the irrigation
department should forward all bills duly verified by the
The chief minister told the meeting that due to the floods
there was a state of emergency during 2010 and the
irrigation department was directed to restore protective
bunds and carry out reconstruction and repair of embankments
on the right bank of the Indus River.
Mr Shah called for reconciling all bills within the next