Covid-19 Ushers Wheat Crisis in Pakistan

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has severely affected the global and Pakistani economy. Major victims of the COVID-19 outbreak are micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Experts fear that the pandemic’s economic fallout will considerably derail the country’s recovery process.

This is a matter of grave concern that an agricultural country faces the problem, “Less Wheat, More People”. According to the World Food Programmer more than a third of Pakistan’s population faces food insecurity, the crisis came to the surface with its full-fledged intensity around mid-January 2020 when the Flour Mills Association (FMA) raised the wheat flour price by 6 PKR per KG hitting a total of around 70 PKR per KG. This was an increase of 20 PKR per KG since the inception of the PTI government.

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COVID-19 Commenced a New Era for Delivery of Education in Pakistan

Education is a fundamental right of every human being. UNESCO is leading this initiative with its Education 2030 Agenda. It has predicted that only six in ten young people will be finishing secondary school in 2030. Pakistan has a gigantic challenge. The mass education format of a classroom takes on every child being average in picking up concepts and it doesn’t regale either the brighter or the slow to catch-up students. Online education (EdTech) helps control such a challenge by allowing students to learn at their own pace and encourages them to complete their secondary education.

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COVID-19 Pandemic has Slowed the Economic Growth of Pakistan

Two of the biggest South Asian nations —Pakistan and India started their economic journey around the same time after gaining Independence. To my surprise, there was a point in the 1960s when Pakistan’s per capita GDP used to be higher than that of India’s. However, over the years, India has not only surpassed Pakistan’s per capita GDP but has taken a commanding lead on almost every economic forum but Pakistani citizens are forced to confront the harsh reality of extreme poverty.

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