Can agri-exports be made more sustainable?

In the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22), agri-exports scaled an all-time high of $50.3 billion, registering a growth of 20 per cent over the preceding year. This was made possible largely by rising global commodity prices, but also by the favorable and aggressive export policy of the Ministry of Commerce and its various export promotion agencies … Read more

Lessons for today from India’s 2006 wheat crisis

I was “cooling off” (a bureaucratic term for spending a minimum period in the state after a central posting) in Ranchi in June 2006, hoping to be back in Delhi by October. One morning, I get a call from the establishment officer asking me to report as Secretary of Food and Public Distribution the next … Read more

Wheat export ban: India’s extreme heat wave is having ripple effects on the world’s food supply

New Delhi: India’s heat wave is having ripple effects for the world’s food supply as the country over the weekend banned wheat exports just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year. The scorching heat wave has curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high. India will now approve exports to countries … Read more

Explained: How wheat is procured in India?

India oi-Prakash KL | Published: Monday, May 16, 2022, 14:45 [IST] New Delhi, May 16: The Center on Sunday directed wheat-producing states and Union Territories (UTs) to continue procurement till May 31. “To ensure that no wheat farmer faces inconvenience, Modi Sarkar extends wheat procurement season till 31 May 2022. We are committed to ensuring … Read more

Demand shoots up, MP wheat farmers turn to pvt mandis

The fully-mechanised government procurement center in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district can process around 2,000 metric tons of wheat per day. But in the peak of the wheat procurement season, only a handful of farmers are present here — in a year harvest has been largely unaffected. Among them is Vijay Patel, his red tractor-trolley loaded … Read more

Ukraine war: How India is likely to step up amid global wheat shortage

NEW DELHI: As global wheat supplies from Russia and Ukraine are threatened by war, India is expected to step up and reduce these shortages and is eyeing export markets across Africa and Asia. The Black Sea region is one of the world’s important grain-growing regions and Russia and Ukraine together account for about 30 percent … Read more

Explained: How government procures wheat

The procurement of wheat is underway in several states. The government procures foodgrains — rice, wheat, and coarse grains — in order to ensure farmers receive the minimum support price (MSP), and a stock is maintained to distribute to the poor under the public distribution system (PDS) and other schemes. How is the procurement carried … Read more