SIALKOT - The Food Department has started fumigation of 3.7 million bags of wheat (worth Rs12.32 billion) to protect the commodity against seasonal insects and pests in view of the prevailing rainy season.

This big quantity of wheat has been stored in as many as 150 official warehouses of the Food Department situated across the Gujranwala Division’s all six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts.

According to senior officials, the fumigation will continue for a week and later all the fumigated warehouses would be closed for three weeks.

The Punjab government has provided the pesticides (worth of Rs50 million) for the fumigation and special vigilance teams monitoring the spray process being carried out on the reports of the District Food Controllers (DFCs) concerned to avert any attack of the seasonal insects and pests on wheat stock.