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Congress: Congress slams wheat export ban, says ‘anti-farmer’

Congress on Saturday attacked the government over the wheat export ban, saying it was an “anti-farmer” measure because it prevented farmers from benefiting from higher export prices. India has banned wheat exports with immediate effect as part of measures to control rising domestic prices, officials said.

Asked about the government’s move at a press conference on the second day of the ongoing Congress “Chintan Shivir,” senior leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram said, “I suppose it’s because the central government isn’t sourcing enough wheat Has. It’s not that wheat production has gone down, it’s more or less stayed the same. In fact, it could be slightly higher.”

Chidambaram said a minister from Chhattisgarh told him on Friday that the government there had procured 97,000 tons of rice.

If procurement had taken place, there would have been no need to ban wheat exports, he said.

“But let me add, the ban on wheat exports is an anti-farmer measure. It deprives the farmer of the opportunity to take advantage of higher export prices. It is an anti-farmer measure and I am not surprised, this government has never been very kind to the farmer,” Chidambaram said.

The Directorate-General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a statement on May 13: “The export policy of wheat is prohibited with immediate effect.”

However, export shipments for which Irrevocable Letters of Credit (LoC) have been issued on or before the date of this notification will be permitted, according to the DGFT.

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