India no longer exports wheat due to drought: this will “aggravate the crisis” already caused by the war in Ukraine according to the G7

India announced on Saturday to ban wheat exports in the face of a drop in its production, due in particular to extreme heat waves, a decision that will “worsen the crisis” of grain supply with the war in Ukraine, alarms the G7.

Second wheat producer in the world, India has decided to prohibit exports of this commodity, except with special authorization from the government, in order to ensure the “Food Safetyof its 1.4 billion people.

Export contracts concluded before the decree may be honoured, the measure only concerning future exports. For the latter, India may approve requests from other countries on a case-by-case meet their needs“.

Gathered in Stuttgart, Germany, the G7 Agriculture Ministers immediately criticized this decision, which comes as the world wheat market is already under great tension due to the Ukrainian conflict.

If everyone starts imposing such export restrictions or even closing markets, it will only worsen the crisis and it will also hurt India and its farmers.“, German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir said after a meeting with his counterparts.

Against export restrictions

We spoke out against export restrictions and call for keeping markets open […]. We call on India to assume its responsibilities as a member of the G20“, he added.

Launched on February 24, the Russian military offensive in Ukraine is seriously disrupting agricultural activity in the countryside of this country, which until then was the world’s fourth largest corn exporter and is on the way to becoming the third wheat exporter.

Due to the blockade imposed on Ukrainian ports, around 20 tonnes of grain are waiting in silos to be exported and this year’s harvest is threatened.

Rising prices and shortages thus pose a risk of famine and social unrest, particularly in the poorest countries which massively import their grain needs.

The article is in French

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