ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) here Tuesday urged the government to let open market mechanism determine the price of wheat flour or co-relate it with wheat prices to stabilize the price of the commodity. Chairman PFMA, Punjab chapter, Habib-ur-Rahman claimed at a press conference that the government had stopped the supply of wheat from official stores from May 7 to millers who had to buy wheat from the open market at Rs. 750-760 per 40 kg. He said that transportation of wheat from far-flung areas also caused increase in the cost of flour as a miller has to pay Rs.100 to Rs.115 per 40 kg for the purpose. "It is not possible for flour mills to supply flour at Rs. 365 per 20 kg bag when they purchase wheat at higher rates," he said. He said that Food Minster Punjab had assured him to resolve the matter but so far no practical step had been taken. Habib-ur-Rehman said their association would chalk out future strategy after his meeting with Food Minister Punjab, which is scheduled for June 5. "If the millers were forced to sell flour at Rs. 365 per 20 kg then all flour mills will stop supply across the province," he said. Millers are ready to supply flour on fixed rates if the government starts supplying wheat from official stores at controlled rates to the flour mills, he said. He said that millers were not trying to create any cartel to increase prices, adding that open market mechanism will create competitive atmosphere which will provide relief to the masses. Former Chairman PFMA Shaikh Muhammad Shabir said Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Jhelum were wheat deficit areas where millers have to purchase wheat from other areas including Multan, Burewala and Sahiwal. He said it is natural that prices of flour will be comparatively low in wheat surplus areas and high in wheat deficit ares. Sheikh Shabir said that millers do not want to create hardship for the masses but at the same time it was not possible for them to provide flour at Rs 365 per 20 kg. He said that Federal Food Committee (FFC) should be revived, inter-city and inter-provincial transportation of wheat and flour should be allowed and security at the border points should be tightened to check cross-border smuggling of wheat and flour.