KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance has banned the export and smuggling of wheat outside the country, according to a statement on Friday.
Acting Finance Minister Mullah Hidayatullah Badri directed all custom officials not to allow the export of wheat legally or illegally.
This comes that wheat harvesting kicked off in some part of the country and it had been claimed that some people started smuggling wheat to Pakistan.
Elsewhere, Wheat prices soared 50 percent in southern Kandahar province recently, deepening consumers’ pain
According to farmers and common people, the reason behind significant surge in the prices of wheat is its small scale cultivation.
Instead of wheat, people cultivated poppy and other crops that caused surge in wheat prices, according to local residents.
In the past, the price of 2.5 kilogram of wheat was 130afs while now it has surged to 200 afs and everyone could not buy it.