Millers warn of flour crisis

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KARACHI : Flour millers warned that flour shortage is inevitable in the near future due to shutdown of 80 mills in the city.

Flour mills across the city remained close to protest against the low rates set by Commissioner Karachi as well as the harassment faced by the staff of two flour mills by the city government employees.

Chairman Pakistan Flour Mills Association (Sindh Zone) Chaudhry Ansar Jawed said that consumers would start feeling the pinch possibly from Friday.

He added that as per past practice around 60,000 wheat bags of 100 kg were daily being grinded in the mills for ensuring daily distribution of flour to two million people of Karachi.

On the other hand, chairman Karachi Wholesalers Grocers Association (KWGA), Anis Majeed said that flour stocks in the wholesale market at Dandia Bazaar may be enough for next two to three days in case the wholesale market remains closed on Friday.

General Secretary Karachi Retail Grocers Group (KRGG), Farid Qureshi said that flour stocks may be available for another two to four days but the situation would become alarming in the near future.

Ansar Jawed said that he could not understand the logic of forcing millers to release flour at Rs33 per kg when wheat rate is Rs35.50 per kg in the open market.

Courtesy: dawn

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