INDIA HAS exported 1.5 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of wheat to Bangladesh because the nation banned export of the grain on May 13, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey stated on Wednesday.
Addressing a press convention, Pandey stated, “There are many countries [which have requested import of wheat from India]. We would not like to discuss… This is a matter of foreign policy.”
However, he refused to reveal particulars of the requests obtained from different nations for wheat import from India.
When requested concerning the development in atta (flour) exports, the Food Secretary stated, “The trend is on the high side.”
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Partha S Das, Joint Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution stated India exported 29.70 LMT of wheat and a pair of.59 LMT of atta between April 1 and June 22 this monetary yr.
Responding to questions, Das, who heads the committee that considers different nations’ requests for wheat import from India, stated requests have been obtained from fairly a couple of nations and people are “under consideration”.
On May 13, the federal government had banned all shipments of wheat with rapid impact. It moved the export of all wheat, together with high-protein durum and regular gentle bread varieties, from “free” to the “prohibited” class. The resolution was aimed toward controlling rising costs of wheat within the home market.
In wake of the Russia-Ukraine struggle, the demand for Indian wheat has elevated abroad. In the present monetary yr, the federal government estimates about 45 LMT of wheat to have been contracted for exports.
In response to a question, S Jagannathan, Joint Secretary, Food Department stated about 4.74 crore ration playing cards have been deleted up to now eight years. It has prevented diversion of meals subsidies of round Rs 33,600 crore yearly, he stated.
Discussing the edible oil costs, the Food Secretary stated main edible oil manufacturers have minimize costs by Rs 10-15. He stated the well timed interventions on a number of fronts by the federal government have led to a falling development in edible oil costs.