The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Monday said uncontrollable food prices continue to threaten majority of the population and push millions into abject poverty
Islamabad (Pakistan Point News / Online - 17th February, 2020) The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Monday said uncontrollable food prices continue to threaten majority of the population and push millions into abject poverty.A good portion of the population has become food insecure due to food mafia's lust for profits and inaction by the concerned authorities, it said.Strict measures should be taken against profiteers while export of food items should be banned immediately to bring the prices down, said Dr.
Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.He said that health and nutrition needs of the public are more important than the profit of some exporters.The nutrition value of different vegetables, fruits and staple is receding while seeds resistant to climate change and pests are also needed for which research and development should be improved.Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that increasing population, decreasing per acre yield and a free hand to profiteers has become a threat to the lives and health of the people.
He noted that cotton, wheat and some other crops faced substantial losses which increased prices but the real culprits are sugar and wheat mafia which benefitted from inaction and mismanagement of the authorities.He noted that the government should control food mafia before wasting energies in controlling social media. The plight of children getting underweight and mothers lacking nutrition must be noted as it has raised questions about the health of future generations, he added.He said that those who fell ill have to spend 16 percent more on medicines as compared to food and that if a strict action was not initiated against people behind sugar and wheat flour crisis, it will embolden the criminals to bleed the masses white, he warned.