An increase in flour prices have been recorded all over the country after horrible floods. Two provincial governments- Sindh and Punjab have officially increased the wheat issue price from their food departments. The worst affected is Balochistan which is nearly non wheat growing area.
Severe flour crisis in Balochistan
The flour crisis intensified in the flood-affected northern districts of Balochistan.
According to flour dealers, the price of a 100 kg bag of flour has increased for the third time in Balochistan this month, after which the price of a 100 kg bagof flour has become Rs 13,000, while at the beginning of September, a 100 kg bag of flour It was Rs11,000.
Flour dealers have explained the reason why flour is expensive and said that the supply of flour from Punjab has been affected, while wheat is being smuggled to Balochistan, the supply of wheat quota to mills has also been affected.
Flour is expensive in Lahore
Flour mill owners have increased the price of flour by Rs per kg in Lahore, the capital of Punjab. Earlier milled flour was being sold at Rs 108 per kg, which has increased to Rs 116 per kg.
The mill owners have increased the price of flour after the increase in the price of wheat.
Sales point of subsidized flour in Faisalabad
After wheat became expensive in Faisalabad, a 15 kg bag of flour mills is selling at Rs 1500 and mill flour at Rs 120 per kg.
The district administration has set up 14 tracking sales points in the city for supply of subsidized flour.
Flour price rises in Islamabad and Rawalpindi
The prices of flour have also been increased in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
According to Flour Mills Association, at present the price of government flour is fixed at 980 rupees per 20 kg bag, due to increase in wheat price, a 20 kg bag will be sold at Rs1300.
The ex-mill rate of flour in the twin cities has reached Rs 105 per kg while wheat is being sold at Rs 3500 per maund in the open market.
According to Flour Mills Association, the price of a 20 kg bag of wheat flour bought from the open market is Rs 2100. The Punjab government has also asked to increase the price of government wheat.
The Flour Mills Association has further informed that the government will release Rs2300 per maund of wheat from September 20. It has been asked to increase the price of government wheat by Rs535 per maund.
On September 14, CM Punjab Parvaiz Elahi approved setting the support price of wheat at Rs.3000 per maund. Parvez Elahi also ordered measures to stop the smuggling of wheat and flour and said that strict monitoring of the exit routes of the province should be ensured.