ISLAMABAD - The Ministerial Committee on Sugar Thursday observed that there was no shortage of the commodity in the country and provinces could lift the desire quantity from Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP). It was stressed in the meeting that the lifting should be done with maximum speed. The meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Sugar was held here under the chair of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister for Industries and Production. The committee also decided that the government would maintain 7-lakh tons worth of strategic reserves in the country. The meeting was apprised that the stocks available were around four lakh tons currently. The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) told the meeting that crushing season has been started in the Sindh province while it would be in full swing from 20th of November in the country. It was also informed that the sugar production in 2010-11 would be around 3.7 million tons against the demand of 4.3 million tons therefore 0.6 million tons sugar would be imported to fulfil the shortfall. It was decided that Punjab will lift 100,000 tons of TCP imported sugar, Sindh 34,000 tons, KP 40,000 tons, Balochistan 16,000 tons, AJK/Gilgit-Baltistan 4,000 tons, Capital Territory Administration 6,000 tons immediately and off load it through the provincial mechanisms. This would be in addition to the remaining 32,000 tons. TCP will continue with the already published tender notice. The USC was allowed 100,000 tons imported sugar for sale through mobile outlets and weekly bazaars in addition to increased supply from USC outlets. The wholesale price of sugar has fallen by Rs 10 in the last three days because of the lifting of imported sugar by provinces as per CCI decision. Condition of crops unaffected by floods was very good as it got the required quantity of water due to regular rains. The meeting was attended by, Minister for Food and Agriculture, Secretary MINFA, Additional Secretary Industries and Production, Secretary Food KP, Additional Secretary Agriculture Sindh, Director Industries Punjab, senior officers of Finance Division, Planning Commission, Commerce and representatives of the PSMA, sugar importers and dealers.