Sugar and cane shortage
Pakistan is the sixth biggest sugarcane producer in the world but is ranks 15th both in cane and sugar yield. The people of the Pakistan are facing acute sugar shortage and forced to buy the commodity at high rate despite Pakistan is a cane producing country and self-sufficient in commodities like sugar, wheat, cotton and rice etc. But unluckily due to poor governance by all the provincial governments, the situation could not be handled and shortage of sugar, wheat and other commodities growing day by day. Big businessmen, exporters, hoarders whose are the responsible of this critical situation. Most of the fine commodity is being exported, despite huge exports there is sufficient stocks of sugar to meet the need but shortage is being created artificially. Hoarders are busy in minting money from the innocent public. The yard of Asia's biggest sugar mill, the Premier Sugar Mill, Mardan and roads surrounding it, that would have mile-long queue of cane-carrying trolleys and trucks a few years ago, has only a few of them. The mill is getting a paltry supply of cane. Officials at the PSM say they increased the price of cane and ensured prompt payment, expecting that the two measures would improve cane supply position to the mill but the growers did not respond. They maintain that the PSM increased cane price from support price of Rs125 to Rs240 per 40kg to receive better supplies. Government should focus this sector for the welfare of the masses but why they focus on this sector because most of sugar mills are owned by the government high officials sitting in the parliament and senate. Farmers and growers should be encouraged to enhance the production but less production is not issue, the issue is that commodity in huge quantity being exported abroad to deprive the countrymen. Against it the gur-makers are alleged to have purchased standing crops from farmers and made advance payments to them for the gur they produce. To get adequate supplies, the sugar millers will have to enter into contracts with farmers for purchasing their crop at fixed/better price, and a surety for prompt even advance payments.