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India exports wheat worth Rs 2,590 cr

In 2012-13, the govt earned $1.4 billion from export of 4.2 million tonnes of wheat by PSUs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Government has exported 1.5 million tonnes for an estimated Rs 2,590 crore out of 2 MT stocks allowed for overseas shipments from surplus stocks of Food Corporation of India (FCI).

"The government has so far awarded tenders of 1.5 MT of wheat, against the allowed quantity of 2 MT, and it is unlikely to float any new tenders for export of wheat," a source said.

The average price realised from export of is at $283 per tonne and government is estimated to earn Rs 2,590 crore, the source added.

In 2012-13, the government earned $1.4 billion from export of 4.2 million tonnes of by PSUs. Indian wheat fetched an average price of $311.38 per tonne in the previous financial year.

Majority of the wheat has been shipped to neighbouring Bangladesh, while some quantities has also been exported to Ethiopia, Yemen, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

In August 2013, the Centre had allowed to export 2 MT wheat from its surplus stocks via public trading firms STC, and PEC at a base price of $300 per tonne.

Later, the floor price was cut to $260 per tonne to make shipments viable. As other major international players US and Canada were offering their wheat at lower prices in the international market.

Indian wheat in the international market mainly competes with 'US SRW wheat gulf' and 'Black sea milling wheat'.

The government has set a target to procure 31 MT wheat in the ongoing season.

First Published: Wed, May 07 2014. 16:02 IST