It is estimated that 22 million tons of wheat is consumed in Pakistan annually.

When Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took over the helm of governmental affairs in August 2018, the price of the wheat flour was 50 PKR per kilogram (KG). Today, wheat flour crises in Pakistan started in November (2019) & worsened around mid-January (2020) onwards.

The crisis came to surface with its full-fledged intensity around mid-January 2020 when the Flour Mills Association (FMA) raised the wheat flour price by 6 PKR per KG hitting a total of around 70 PKR per KG. This was an increase of 20 PKR per KG since the inception of PTI government. Hiking up the price, the FMA complained that they did not receive any subsidy from the government while in addition to the price of raw commodity, the gas and electric prices were hiked up as well thus they did not have any other option but to bump up the flour prices.

RAVIHA AHSAN

Karachi.