Federal Minister for National Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam has said the government had successfully overcome the wheat shortage despite of COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Talking to a PTV news programme, he said the government was committed to provide relief to farmers by providing subsidies on different essential items used in the agriculture sector. He said the Punjab government had started the Kisan Card Scheme to provide relief to farmers on seeds and fertilizers and more than two hundred thousand farmers were beneficiaries of the scheme so far. Fakhar said, hectic efforts being made to give access to farmers at markets easily and the role of middlemen would be vanished permanently. In reply to the water scarcity issue, he said the present government had initiated the construction of different small dams projects to meet the water shortage, adding the federal government was providing relief in the shape of waving off taxes on fertilizers items.