ISLAMABAD - While observing a major sugar crisis in the country, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has urged the federal government to import 0.5 million tons of raw sugar to meet the domestic needs, besides removing 25 percent Regulatory Duty on the commodity, it has been learnt. Sources told TheNation on Wednesday that PSMA had written a letter to the Ministry of Industries and Production, asking them to import 0.5 million tons of sugar instead of refined commodity on an urgent basis, otherwise the sugar crisis could deepen in the coming weeks, as prices could further go up. Meanwhile, they also demanded of the government to remove 25 percent duty on the commodity, so that dealers could import sugar. The sources further said that flash floods had also affected the sugarcane crop and according to the unofficial statistics, floods in the country have destroyed 10 percent crop. Yes, we have written a letter to the Ministry of Industries and Production regarding importation of sugar immediately, said Iskandar Khan while talking to TheNation when contacted. He said that the country could save $100 million if it imports raw sugar against the refined one, as it proves cheaper. He further said that from last three years, he has been asking the government to import raw sugar, however, every time, they had turned down this suggestion, he added. On a query, Khan said, sugar millers are not involved in the soaring price of commodity, as it is just a baseless statement of the government that we are responsible for the crisis, he said. It is worth mentioning here that the sugar prices went up to Rs 90 per kg in the country. Meanwhile, the centre had asked the provincial governments to take action against profiteers and hoarders of sugar, as they are behind the sky rocketing prices of the commodity. Officials of the Ministry are of the view that the country had sufficient sugar stock, and there is no shortage of it. While on the other hand, PSMA believed that there is shortage of commodity as sugar millers are left with 3000-4000 tons of commodity, therefore, the govt should import it well at time.