RAWALPINDI (APP) - The decision to waive off duty on raw sugar has already been taken and it will be implemented soon, Minister for Food & Agriculture Nazar M Gondal said on Tuesday. Talking to journalists here at Pearl Continental after inaugurating second APSCO symposium on 'Food Security and Monitoring Agriculture Through Satellite Technology, he said the timing and quantity of the duty waiver on raw sugar would also be decided soon. He said there is no need to import sugar, as sufficient stocks are available in the country. Also the new crushing season would also be started in November, he said. Opposing the increase in price of wheat, he urged the provinces to sell wheat on the price they had purchased. Provinces should exhibit national spirit. Right now there was no need to increase flour prices, he said. He lauded the services of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) provided during the recent flooding. Earlier, in his inauguration address, the minister thanked the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) for holding the seminar in collaboration with SUPARCO. He expressed his satisfaction for achieving the record targets of wheat production this year. He said, Currently the wheat stocks in public sector are highest and would ensure food security during the coming years also. Pakistan was already sensitized to the need of fast track collection of quality agriculture data for making timely policy decisions. SUPARCO has been provided the required resources to develop satellite-based technology for in time provision of agriculture statistics using remote sensing and GIS techniques. Pakistan was already at an advanced stage in application of the latest technology in agriculture sector. The use of advanced technology must also be introduced in the sub-sectors of agriculture for a rapid and efficient management of resources and ensuring economic growth, he said. Chairman SUPARCO Maj Gen Ahmed Bilal in his welcome address thanked foreign delegates, Secretary General APSCO and the honourable minister for giving time. He said the global economic slowdown has deprived an additional 100m people access to adequate food. There have been marked increases in hunger in all of the worlds major regions, and FAO estimates than 1.02b people are under-nourished worldwide in 2010 - more people without or less food that at any time since 1970. Effects of the recent floods in Pakistan and other such calamities can cause serious food crisis in those specific regions, hence demanding focused attention to develop early warning and response strategies to minimize the impact/ damages. The remote sensing technology can play a major role in monitoring and mapping dynamic phenomena on the earths surface and its environment, he said.