Four million people to benefit from good wheat harvest in Pakistan

Pakistan is expecting to have a good harvest of wheat -- enough to feed four million poor people in rural areas over the next six months-- according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Flood-affected farmer carries away wheat seeds donated by US and distributed by FAO.

Farmer carries wheat seeds

Last year’s floods in Pakistan caused extensive damage to housing, infrastructure and crops.

Charles Appel reports.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the harvest will produce wheat flour worth almost $190 million at current retail prices.

Wheat is the main staple food in Pakistan, where more than 18 million people were affected by the floods.

Farmers, among the four million rural people who will benefit from the good wheat harvest, will also be able to save the seeds from this year’s harvest to plant again later this year.

FAO spent $54 million it received from donors to buy and distribute quality wheat seeds to help the 2010 flood victims in Pakistan.

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