Egypt approves India as new wheat supplier

Egypt to import about one million tons of wheat from India – minister Goyal

Egypt, the world’s largest importer of wheat, has approved India as a wheat supplier, said Egyptian Agriculture Minister El Sayed El-Qosair in a statement on Friday.

“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.” Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet.

Egypt is expected to import about one million tons of wheat from India, of which 240,000 tons will be shipped in April itself, the Indian minister added.

“Officials from agriculture quarantine and pest risk analysis of Egypt visited various processing units, port facilities and farms in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. And we have decided to export the best quality of wheat,” Goyal said.

During Goyal’s visit to Dubai last month, he met Egyptian Minister of Planning Hala al-Saeed and discussed India’s readiness to supply high quality wheat towards ensuring Egypt’s food security, according to the Press Information Bureau (PIN).

Before the start of the Russian war in Ukraine, Egypt used to import most of its wheat reserves from Russia and Ukraine, having imported around 50 percent of from Moscow and 30 percent from Kiev.

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