Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday informed that Egypt has approved India as wheat supplier.
In a tweet, the minister said that “Indian farmers are feeding the world. Egypt approves India as a wheat supplier. Modi Government steps in as world looks for reliable alternative for steady food supply. Our farmers have ensured our granaries overflow and we are ready to serve the world”.
Egypt’s move to seek wheat supplies from India comes at a time when the Russia-Ukraine war has stretched to almost two months now and this has led to a rise in global wheat prices as shipments have been disrupted from both the warring nations, from which it imports the commodity.
The north African country is among the world’s top wheat importing nations and seeks shipments from Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany and the United States.
Indian farmers are feeding the world.
Egypt approves India as a wheat supplier. Modi Govt. steps in as world looks for reliable alternate sources for steady food supply.
Our farmers have ensured our granaries overflow & we are ready to serve the world.https://t.co/h56oSc3HDC
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 15, 2022
According to Reuters, earlier this week Egypt’s Supply Ministry had confirmed that it is considering this month adding wheat from India to 16 other national import origins accepted by its state grains buyer, as it seeks to shore up purchases disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A delegation from Egypt’s Agriculture Ministry is in India “looking at phytosanitary measures and examining Indian grains in preparation for the accreditation of India as a wheat import origin,” the Supply Ministry said in a statement to Reuters.