LAHORE - Pakistan Muttahida Kisan Mahaz has suggested the Punjab govt to come forward and buy wheat from growers at Rs 950/maund on a credit of six weeks to save the farmers from exploitation of middlemen and avoiding delay in official wheat procurement due to financial constraints. President PMKM M Ayub Khan while addressing a press conference here at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday said that if the Punjab govt agreed to this proposal and lift wheat from growers at the rate of Rs 950/40-kg for a credit of six weeks, then all the grower organisation would cooperate with the govt in this regard. The growers would get payment of their crop in line with the support price and there would no chance of exploitation, as it would help eliminate the role of middlemen. He said that farmers were well aware of the fact that the Punjab government so far could not arrange sufficient money to initiate its wheat procurement drive. He said that growers were ready to go for credit to show their patriotism. He said that in open market rate of wheat at present was Rs 850 per 40-kg while in Southern Punjab it was being bought by middlemen at the rate of Rs 750 to 800 per maund. He feared that this wheat could be smuggled and a food crisis would emerge in Pakistan in future one again. Mayo also said that the government had failed to construct wheat storage due to which the storage capacity was available for only 2.6 million tons of wheat throughout the country while Pakistan was having a production of around 23 million tons for the last many years. He claimed that growers would also be happy to rent out their land for construction of wheat storage. He also urged the government not to sell 2.5 million tons of wheat and instead it should be provided to supply flour to the masses on cheaper rates. PMKM Chief appealed to the Chief Minister Punjab to take action on this offer of the growers within next twenty-four hours to save them from further exploitation of middlemen.