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India bans wheat exports as heat wave hurts crop

India banned wheat exports on May 14 days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year,...

👤 H K Badal15 May 2022 5:45 PM GMT
India bans wheat exports as heat wave hurts crop
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India banned wheat exports on May 14 days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year, as a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high.

The government said it would still allow exports backed by already issued letters of credit and to countries that request supplies "to meet their food security needs".

The move to ban overseas shipments was not in perpetuity and could be revised, senior government officials told a press conference.

Global buyers were banking on supplies from the world's second-biggest wheat producer after exports from the Black Sea region plunged following Russia's Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine. Before the ban, India had aimed to ship a record 10 million tonnes this year.