KARACHI - Sindh government will easily achieve the wheat procurement target of 1.2 million tons as 0.8 million tons of commodity has been procured so far during current Rabi Season 2008-09. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah informed this while delivering his speech in Sindh Assembly on one-year performance of PPP led provincial coalition government of Sindh on Thursday. Counting the pro poor steps of government, Chief Minister said that present government has enhanced the procurement price of wheat to Rs950-40kg in current season from last years price of Rs625-40kg. He said, though, the rain badly affected the crop in upper areas of the province but despite of it, at least 0.8 million tons wheat has been procured by the government, so far, which was almost over half of the target of 1.2 million set for the year 2008-09. CM hoped that government would succeed in procuring the wheat more than the target of 1.2 million tons in this year which will be history making record by any government in the province. The over all production of the wheat is expected to be achieved, 3.5 million tons from all over the province as government had announced the procurement price increasing to Rs950-40kg which attracted the growers for sowing wheat to more areas. Chief Minister further said that initially PASSCO was reluctant to purchase the damage paddy from growers of the province. But issue had been taken up with the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani during their recent visit to Karachi, CM said and added that on the directives of the President and PM, the PASSCO has opened the procurement centres to buy damage rice paddy in upper district of the province. The PASSCO will procure the damaged rice paddy at the price of Rs600-40kg direct from the growers while price will be paid by the concerned in-charge of the centre, he added. Meanwhile, Sindh government has formed a committee consisting of DDO Agriculture and other officials to monitor the price and procurement of the damaged rice paddy. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said the present government has fulfilled the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for women empowerment as state land of 46,000 acres had been distributed to landless farmers of the province so far.