AVN 65.20 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.38%)
BAFL 30.74 Decreased By ▼ -0.77 (-2.44%)
BOP 4.80 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.21%)
CNERGY 3.71 Decreased By ▼ -0.13 (-3.39%)
DFML 14.21 Decreased By ▼ -0.20 (-1.39%)
DGKC 41.05 Decreased By ▼ -0.55 (-1.32%)
EPCL 46.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.25 (-0.54%)
FCCL 11.40 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (0.97%)
FFL 5.05 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
FLYNG 5.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.34%)
GGL 10.33 Decreased By ▼ -0.12 (-1.15%)
HUBC 66.87 Increased By ▲ 1.23 (1.87%)
HUMNL 5.71 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.88%)
KAPCO 27.76 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.04%)
KEL 2.20 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (2.33%)
LOTCHEM 24.90 Increased By ▲ 0.55 (2.26%)
MLCF 21.44 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.19%)
NETSOL 83.60 Decreased By ▼ -1.19 (-1.4%)
OGDC 85.90 Decreased By ▼ -1.35 (-1.55%)
PAEL 11.01 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.27%)
PIBTL 4.22 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
PPL 74.48 Decreased By ▼ -1.22 (-1.61%)
PRL 13.43 Decreased By ▼ -0.22 (-1.61%)
SILK 0.92 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (3.37%)
SNGP 40.40 Decreased By ▼ -0.93 (-2.25%)
TELE 5.86 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.17%)
TPLP 15.40 Decreased By ▼ -0.24 (-1.53%)
TRG 111.41 Decreased By ▼ -0.29 (-0.26%)
UNITY 13.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.23 (-1.65%)
WTL 1.14 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-1.72%)
BR100 4,037 Decreased By -26.9 (-0.66%)
BR30 14,412 Decreased By -56.6 (-0.39%)
KSE100 40,471 Decreased By -262.4 (-0.64%)
KSE30 15,163 Decreased By -67.2 (-0.44%)
Follow us

KARACHI: Chairman of the National Business Group Pakistan and president of the Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, Mian Zahid Hussain, has said more than Rs 90 billion can be saved annually by improving flour and cement packaging.

Food-grade polypropylene bags can help save flour worth Rs50 billion which is wasted in loading, unloading and transportation of the commodity, he said.

Mr Hussain pointed out that losing such a large quantity of flour translates into losses for farmers, millers and retailers that can be prevented easily.

He said that cement worth Rs 40 billion can be stopped from going to waste by ensuring the proper packing of cement in proper bags.

Almost 60 percent of the total wheat production is sold as flour in 5, 10 and 20 kg bags in which the entire burden of losses is shifted to the consumers.

The use of plastic and chemical waste material in the manufacturing of conventional bags can also lead to health problems, he added. An average Pakistani consumes 11 kg of flour per month which contains toxic ingredients because of lack of oversight by government agencies.

Manufacturers of low-quality bags also use dyes made from harmful chemicals, the use of which is tantamount to killing people.

Flour and cement are being wasted because of substandard packaging which is against the laws of the country and directives of the World Health Organization, so the process should be stopped immediately.

Mr Hussain said the problem of food security was increasing in the country, as the majority of the population could not feed themselves and their families and heavy foreign exchange had to be spent on importing wheat. So the loss of flour should be stopped.

He said the demand for flour bags in Pakistan is up to 800 million and three to five per cent of flour is lost due to leakage from substandard bags during production and transportation.

Cement bags are also made from substandard paper and recycled plastic, which are later used for flour packaging, causing some of the cement to be added to the flour, he added.

If the existing laws are strictly enforced then billions of rupees lost due to poor packaging of flour, cement and other items can be saved annually. Public health can also be improved if attention is paid to the issue of packaging. The World Health Organisation says that contaminated food causes 200 diseases, added Mr Hussain.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

Comments

Comments are closed.

Proper packaging of flour, cement can save Rs90bn annually: Mian Zahid

Govt says ‘will have to’ agree to IMF conditions

Imran steps up criticism of PDM govt

COAS vows to root out menace of terrorism

PTI chief won’t attend APC: Umar

Industry yet to export any amount of sugar

Russian oil supply likely by April

‘IMF is giving Pakistan tough time’

31 NA seats: ECP announces schedule for by-polls on March 19

RDA: pace of growth slightly lower

‘Rules’ allow banks to seek asset details of civil servants