LAHORE - The PPP-led government, which has once again increased the wheat support price by Rs100 per maund, has not taken into account the implications it could have on the general public, especially the poor, besides ignoring the fact that the price of wheat is already very high in Pakistan compared with the rest of the world including the regional countries, experts said. The wheat support price hike, they said, will not benefit the 70 per cent small farmers, as they dont have lands and even if they have, it (increase) will be meaningless for them because they have very limited farmland. So, the higher wheat prices will definitely benefit only the feudal lords, who have hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. This feudal class is dominating the govt as well as the opposition, so both groups are not thinking in favour of the general public, they said. They further said that the price increase would not only affect the general public directly but also indirectly, as this increase would result in increasing the prices of other items (bread etc.) as well, saying when the government okayed the price raise, it put extra burden on the public that has already given up its fight against the ever-increasing price-hike. Meanwhile, Pakistan Floor Mills Associations former Central Committee Chairman Asim Raza Ahmed, while flaying the government decision of further increasing wheat support price, said that the wheat price is already very high in the country and after further increase it will be difficult for the country to export additional wheat. He observed that the country has been unable to export its extra wheat for the last two years due to high price of the commodities. He said that the stock of wheat purchased by the government is losing its productivity with the passage of time, besides extra cost of storage on it. He said that the implementation of support price would skyrocket the kitchen items prices, reaching beyond purchase power of a common man. While its export will also create problems for the country as no country in the region will purchase it due to its rates. About availability of adequate wheat in the country, he stated the country has surplus quantity of wheat of around 10 million tonnes. The situation is likely to aggravate next year, as it would be major problem for the government to ensure storage of next years anticipated bumper wheat crop. In the face of expected halt of export of wheat, the government would have to explore ways and means to arrange additional storage houses. Asim said that government had already made up its mind to make upward revision in support price of the commodity to the level of Rs 1,050 per 40kg. The decision may spell serious consequences for the underprivileged segments of the society already facing existing high rates of flour. He said that the government on Wednesday increased wheat support price for new crop by 10.5 per cent without taking provinces into confidence and said the new price would cover the increased cost of production. A meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, decided to fix wheat support price for next year at Rs1,050 per 40 kg for (procurement) by Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Supplies Corporation, announced the Prime Ministers House. Earlier, the price was Rs950 per 40 kg. Experts said the decision would not be applicable to provinces as agriculture had become a provincial subject under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Unlike the past, when such decisions were taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet, this time the decision came from the PM office. They criticised the central governments meddling in provincial affairs, saying the subject of agriculture had been devolved to the provinces. Noted economist Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan said that instead of increasing the wheat price the government should have reduced inputs prices, particularly that of urea. The decision is likely to lead to an increase in prices of essential commodities, say independent economists. He said that according to evidences, a 10 per cent increase in wheat support price results in a three per cent increase in inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index.