KARACHI - Government of Sindh (GoS) has made modernisation of agri-storage and handling infrastructure in the province a key strategic priority. This strategy is central to the government’s stated objective enhancing food security for the people of Sindh.

Government of Sindh announced the commencement of bidding for the ‘Modern Grain Storage Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project’. This will be the first project implemented by Government of Sindh in this sector, and will hopefully be a successful template for greater public and private sector cooperation in developing the province’s agri-sector.

Sindh Provincial government is among the leading proponents of public private partnership in Pakistan, and this project builds on the success of recently closed Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas road project.

Under the project, Sindh Government will be inviting private sector investors to develop modern bulk-storage facilities with a total capacity of 250,000 metric tones across five selected districts in Sindh. These facilities will primarily be used by government to store annually procured wheat; however, they will also be able to store other grains as required.

Bulk storage facilities are recognised as being significantly more efficient for wheat and grain storage and over the last 30-40 years most major wheat producing countries across the world have moved towards a bulk storage and handing system, leaving Pakistan among the last few countries that still uses a bag based system.

Introduction of such a programme in Sindh through this pilot project will be an important step towards modernising the province’s current grain storage infrastructure by storing grain in a safe, secure and clean environment.

The Sindh Government has appointed international Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank Group, as its advisor for this Project. With IFC’s assistance, Government of Sindh will conduct a fair and transparent tender process to select a private sector investor, who is technically and financially qualified to design, construct, operate and manage the bulk storage facilities under a long term Build Own Operator (BOO) contract.