Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema forecasted that this season Pakistan would have a good crop of wheat and hopefully the country would not have to import wheat next year. During the press conference in Islamabad, Tariq Bashir Cheema said that agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan but the sector has not yet been completely restored.
The federal minister briefed that due to poor policies Pakistan had to import wheat. However, this year, the agriculture sector has completed the target of producing wheat by 91 per cent. In terms of provinces, Punjab contributed 97pc, Sindh provided 74pc, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa produced 85pc of wheat.
Tariq added that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reduced the price of fertilizer to Rs 2500 and a bag of DAP is currently available for 9 thousand rupees. Earlier in November, the government had to approve a $112 million deal to meet its domestic shortfall by importing 300,000 tonnes of wheat from Russia.