“It is estimated that Indian exporters contracted 0.5 million tonne of wheat this season with customers in Middle-East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South East Asia. However, with Australia expected to harvest a record 29 million tonne wheat crop, markets in South East Asia and Middle East have started covering their January-March 2021 requirement from Australia. For Indian wheat to compete effectively in other larger export markets, an export incentive of about 7 to 8% will be required on FOB Values. If such support is extended soon, India can export an additional 2 to 3 million tonne during the next 4 to 5 months, ” ITC spokesperson said.
The company supports millions of farmers through its wheat value chain contributing to building strong Indian brands and also to exports, he added.
Wheat traders and exporters said that in the last few months India had good opportunity to export due to less crop in Ukraine and Russia, increased buying by China and firm corn prices in the global market.
“There is good number of export enquiries coming , contracts are being signed and companies are trying to accumulate quality wheat stock,” said wheat trader Raju Khandelwal of Jagdish International Ltd.
“Bangladesh is one of the largest buyers where by rail rakes the exports are happening and already over five lakh tonne has been contracted. Also, small containers are being sent to UAE, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, taking overall exports contracted to 1 million tonne.”
Prerana Desai, head of rural and corporate services research at Edelweiss, said the export will have to be aggressive from here on because of the glut like situation in the Indian market. “We have 56 million tonnes of wheat, which includes 38 million tonnes by the government and the rest by the market,” she said.
Desai said that in the last few years, wheat exports from the country have been between 0.2 and 0.7 million tonnes, with government focusing on domestic availability.
However, the industry said that international prices were falling with new crop arriving from other markets and they expected export parity with government assistance.
“Presently, the Indian wheat is priced at Rs 1,960 per quintal (100 kg) while the international prices is about Rs 1,750 per quintal. The government needs to reduce the price of the grain stock it holds, ” said Sanjay Puri, president at Roller Flour Mills Association.