The National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research has proposed to the government that the minimum support price for the wheat harvest in 2021-22 be set at Rs2,200 per 40kg, as suggested by the committee.
According to Syed Fakhr Imam, Minister for National Food Security and Research, a minimum support price for wheat for next season will be published within a week after meetings with the province’s agricultural departments and research institutes.
According to the minister, a big wheat crop has been recorded this year.
Wheat growers have expressed a desire for an increase in the support price for their crops. While the government had established Rs1,800 per 40kg of wheat as the support price for wheat during the previous wheat season, this was not the case this year. Most certainly, the support price for the upcoming wheat season will be raised as well.
The meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research presided over by Rao Mohammad Ajmal Khan, went into great detail about the theft of garlic seed from the National Agricultural Research Center. The committee requested that the ministry of agriculture and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre submit a report to the fact-finding committee as soon as possible after their meeting.
The committee also requested that the authorities responsible produce a progress report on the amount of seed that has been sold over the previous three fiscal years.
The committee went over the ‘Islamabad Bee-keeping and Honey Board Bill, 2021’ and the ‘Islamabad Poultry Production Regulation Bill, 2021’, both of which were introduced by Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, in great detail, and unanimously passed both of the proposed legislation.