The government on Thursday said that India will send trade delegations to nine countries including Morocco, Tunisia, and Indonesia to explore possibilities of boosting wheat shipments as it targets to export 10 million tonnes of the grain in 2022-23.
The commerce and industry ministry has set up a task force on wheat exports with representatives from various ministries, including commerce, shipping and railways, and exporters under the aegis of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), it said.
“The Centre will send trade delegations to Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Algeria and Lebanon for exploring possibilities of boosting wheat exports from India.
“India has set a target of a record 10 million tonnes of wheat in the 2022-23 amid rising global demand for the grain,” the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry also plans to organise a series of meetings on exports in major wheat growing states such as Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
There is a rise in the demand for Indian wheat in the global market, farmers, traders and exporters have been advised to follow all the quality norms of importing countries so that India emerges as a reliable supplier of wheat globally.
“We are extending our support to all the stakeholders in the wheat exports value chain for boosting shipment from the country,” said M Angamuthu, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA).
India exported a record 7 million tonne (MT) of wheat in 2021-22 which is valued at $2.05 billion. Out of the total shipment around 50% of wheat was exported to Bangladesh in the last fiscal.
The ministry said that recently, Egypt, which is one of the world’s biggest importers of wheat, had agreed to source wheat from India.
“Egyptian authorities have put India as one of the origins for this strategic commodity,” the ministry said.
Egypt imported 6.1 MT of wheat in 2021 and India was not part of the list of accredited countries which can export wheat to Egypt. More than 80% of Egypt’s wheat imports estimated to be close to $2 billion in 2021 were from Russia and Ukraine.
APEDA has already communicated to exporters to register with Egypt’s public procurement agency – General Authority of Supplies and Commodities, which manages wheat and sugar imports to the north African country, it added.
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