Another vessel namely MV Tailwinds carrying 65,000 metric tons of wheat from Ukraine qualified the mandatory quarantine inspection and was allowed to be released.
An inspection team of experts from Department of Plant Protection (DPP) conducted detail inspection of the imported commodity in light of the requirements of Pakistan’s Import Permit.
Director General DPP Dr Falak Naz supervised the inspection and wheat discharge activities at Karachi Port.
Federal Secretary for Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) Omar Hamid Khan contacted the chief secretaries of Sindh and Punjab for seeking their support in unhindered inter-provincial movement of the imported commodity.
The DPP DG, on behalf of MNFSR secretary, along with wheat importers, had a fruitful meeting with Food Department Sindh Secretary Laeeq Ahmed, who ensured his full support.
The food ministry had been resorting to all options to ensure timely supply of wheat to all parts of the country and to immediately cope with the higher prices of wheat flour.
Resultantly, the wheat prices had been showing declining trend all over the country as a result of coordinated efforts of all stakeholders in public and private sector.
The food ministry had been intending not only to tackle the ongoing wheat price hike issue but also to keep its strategic reserves at required levels.
The third wheat import vessel namely MV Coventry carrying 69,000 metric tons wheat will reach Karachi Port on September 8.
The MNFSR had been regularly supervising all components of wheat import chain and opting for proactive approach to minimise chances of any delay.
Subsequently, all concerned departments are on board to facilitate wheat import and address the ongoing national issue of the commodity’s price hike.
The Prime Minister’s Office is being informed about the wheat import situation on a daily basis.