August 19, 2008


Pakistan indefinitely delays wheat imports on sufficient local supply


Pakistan indefinitely postponed issuing a tender seeking as much as 250,000 tonnes of wheat on expectations of local output matching demand in the current season, a government official said Tuesday (August 19, 2008).


Pakistan's state-run Trading Corporation who first called for the tender in Aug. 16 and then postponed it to Aug. 23 has postponed the wheat tender for an indefinite period, an official said.


The government expects wheat output to touch 22 million tonnes in the financial year ending June 30, the official said. The government plans to import 2.5 million tonnes of wheat this fiscal, of which 700,000 tonnes have already been imported, he said.

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