QUETTA (APP) - Chairman Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Mohammad Naeem Butt Tuesday termed separate food policies by the provinces the main cause of wheat crisis and widespread disparity of flour rates in parts of the country. The ban on transportation of wheat from Punjab to other provinces is another reason causing unprecedented hike in the prices of flour in NWFP and Balochistan, he said. Addressing a press conference along with other office bearers of PFMA here, he said per kilogram flour is sold for Rs 18.50 in Punjab against Rs 23 in Sindh and Rs 30 in Balochistan and NWFP respectively. He demanded for implementing uniform food policy besides lifting ban on transportation of wheat within the provinces. He also demanded for retrieving wheat business from the provincial governments and including it in the federal pool again in order to ensure uniform wheat price across the country. Referring to wheat quota for flourmills, he demanded Balochistan and NWFP governments for ensuring their flourmills the facility of storing wheat for 30 days, as is provided to flourmills in Punjab. He suggested the federal government for exporting flour to Afghanistan instead of wheat in order to revive flourmills industry in the country. Stressing the need for putting strict ban on establishment of new flourmills, he said currently over 400 flourmills are operational across the country and new flourmills would be mere wastage of money. Chairmen Balochistan, Sindh and NWFP Flour Mills Associations, members central working committee PFMA Akbar Khan, Mohammad Sharif, Abdul Ali, Malik Iftikhar Awan and others were also present on the occasion.