LAHORE

Government will take all stakeholders in confidence before announcing wheat release policy. This was stated by Bilal Yaseen, Minister for Food while addressing inaugural Session of 7th Pakistan Flour milling conference and exhibition held in Lahore. He said that government had been lucky enough that with cooperation from milling sector in general flour prices were decreased and brought within reach of consumers.

“We are constantly in touch with both groups of millers for framing better policies.”

During the session the Flour Millers Forum also announced the best reporters award of the year.

Earlier Dr Bilal Sufi, Chairman Organising Committee in his welcome address told that his mission was to create awareness amongst millers to go for better quality with better machines. He demanded the government to reduce wheat support price immediately according to recession in international market. The main issue confronting flour industry is all time high price in Pakistan which failed the export policy which is now called fake rebate or support policy. The speakers, including Khaliq Arshad, Majid Abdullah and Mian Nadeem Nasir, urged the government to get services of trading corporation of Pakistan to call for international tenders in export of wheat.

Secretaey Food Punjab Dr Pervaiz Khan made it clear that so far no wheat issue price was declared and common people interest will be taken care of in this respect. A full flour fortification session was also held where Director Micronutrient initiative Dr Tauseef Janjua gave a detailed programme of spreading Fortification throughout the country. Dr Haroon Jehangir Khan, Director Health Services Punjab was special guest. Director Food Punjab, Asif Bilal Lodhi also chaired a session and gave his inputs, terming conference a great success.

Hamza Bilal Sufi and Mian Jabbar Khalid and Tariq Sadiq also spoke on this occasion.