Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhr Imam informed the National Assembly on June 25 that Pakistan was no longer self-sufficient in wheat as the per acre yield had declined.
He said that 25 million tons of wheat was produced this year against the target of 27m tons and to ensure that there was no shortage of the commodity and to keep its price stable, the government had allowed the private sector to import wheat.
The minister said the production of cotton, maize and sugarcane had also declined. The government, he said, would take measures to increase the per acre yield of wheat, sugarcane and cotton. A virus had damaged the cotton crop whose production declined to 7.3m tons from 15m tons, he added.
Mr Imam said assistance would be sought from Chinese scientists and experts to overcome the difficulties in cotton production under the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.