RAWALPINDI (APP) - Paresident Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Kashif Shabbir on Saturday suggested that flour mills should be given subsidy on wheat prices and electricity tariff so this industry could get some relief and earn reasonable profits. This would also help the masses in purchasing wheat at affordable prices, he said talking to a delegation of flour mills owners at his office. Kashif regretted that Pakistan being the eighth largest agricultural economy of the world was facing wheat and sugar shortages. He described it as 'an alarming situation and asked the government to take immediate measures to overcome the prevailing shortage of the two commodities. Kashif observed that the flour prices had increased, after the wheat production cost jumped up owing to phenomenal increase in the fertilizer prices. He said that flourmill industry is the largest industry of the region and the inter-provincial restrictions on flour transportation also affected the industrys performance. He said that countrys wheat cultivation increased by 7 percent this year, which is a positive sign for its future growth. He foresaw a rice shortage in near future noting it was being hoarded and urged the government to take stern action against the profiteers.