As the ‘super flood’ wreaks havoc on the country’s agricultural economy, the federal minister in charge sees a sliver of hope in these disastrous times and claims the government has sufficient reserves of staple food. Talking to Dawn, Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Mohammad Gondal said the government had two million tons of wheat in surplus and one million tons in strategic reserves. “I believe it is a blessing in disguise that the government couldn’t export wheat because of low prices in the international market,” Mr Gondal said. Now that the country has been struck with this unprecedented natural calamity, “we can use the reserves of wheat whenever and wherever required,” he added. The minister said there was also no shortage of rice and potatoes, two most consumed food items in the country. “May be there is some shortage of basmati rice, but we have enough stocks of other varieties of rice,” said the minister. About crop losses in flood-affected areas, the minister said his ministry had constituted special teams to prepare a consolidated data which would be used to work out a plan of action.
By: Dawn News