Pakistan offers rewards for tips on wheat hoarding

Pakistani authorities are offering rewards for information about wheat hoarding, a cabinet minister said on Monday, as the government struggles to control prices and ensure supplies of the staple.

Pakistan offers rewards for tips on wheat hoarding
Wheat flour prices have soared in recent weeks on falling supplies, and have fuelled inflation which rose to 17.2 percent year-on-year in April -- the highest level in 30 years.

"We will offer rewards to informers who give us information about wheat stocks held by hoarders," acting Food and Agriculture Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal told a news conference.

He did not say what rewards informers would get.

The government blames hoarders and smugglers for the shortages of wheat flour which is used to make roti and naan, flat, unleavened breads that most Pakistanis eat with every meal.

Early this year, authorities ordered paramilitary troops to guard trucks carrying wheat after some supplies went missing.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mayıs 2008, 16:48