Indian Wheat Exports Have Risen Sharply, Could Reach 3 million tonnes This Fiscal


Wheat exports from India have elevated sharply and are certain to do effectively this fiscal as global provides have been affected by decrease manufacturing within the US, Russia and Canada, trade and commerce officers stated.

“Wheat exports could be anywhere between 2.5 million tonnes (mt) and 3 million tonnes this fiscal as there is good demand for Indian wheat, So far, 1.5 mt of wheat have been exported,” stated Nitin Gupta, Vice-President, Olam Agro India Ltd.

According to Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) information, wheat exports through the first quarter of this fiscal have been 1.1 million tonnes valued at ₹2,142 crore. During the identical interval a 12 months in the past, exports have been 0.11 mt valued at ₹234 crore.

The US Department of Agriculture, in its “Grain: World Markets and Trade”, raised its outlook for Indian wheat exports this month to 2.6 mt from its earlier estimate of 2.3 mt. It expects the shipments to be the best since 2014-15, when 2.91 mt have been exported.

“Wheat exports are reported to have increased significantly during July. Probably, it could have doubled compared to what we saw during April-May,” stated Pramod Kumar, Vice-President, Roller Flour Mills Federation of India (RFMFI).

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In July, demand for Indian wheat elevated after global corn (maize) prices exceeded the foodgrain’s prices. However, wheat prices have since gained and September contracts on Chicago Board of Trade are presently quoted at $7.05 a bushel ($259 or ₹18,950 a tonne).

On August 16, CBOT September wheat contracts had elevated to $7.62 cents a bushel ($279.98 or ₹20,450 a tonne).

Wheat exports throughout April-July are provisionally estimated at about ₹2,400 crore, stated commerce sources.

APEDA information present that Bangladesh imported 0.39 mt of wheat throughout April-June, whereas final fiscal it purchased 1.15 mt from India. Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Indonesia – in that order – are the following massive patrons of Indian wheat this fiscal and final fiscal, reported The Hindu BL.

A Delhi-based commerce skilled stated that Indian wheat is especially going to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Djibouti. “Gulf countries are buying Indian wheat for feed purposes,” the skilled, who didn’t want to be recognized, stated, including that massive shopping for by patrons overseas is happening.

“There is good demand internally too. In the recent Food Corporation of India (FCI) tender to sell wheat under the Open Market Sale Scheme, all 4.5 lakh tonnes on offer were bid. Even States offtake is good,” stated RFMFI’s Kumar.

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