Russia and Ukraine have become major sources of wheat for Bangladesh after India’s ban of its shipment, thanks to a United Nations and Turkey brokered grain deal that allowed moving the cereal from Ukraine over the Black Sea.
Farmers in Patuakhali have successfully cultivated wheat through a method known as relay cropping, raising hopes that lands left fallow during the dry season can now be used for growing the cereal grain.
Farmers, buoyed by soaring prices of flour in the domestic market because of the decline in imports, have brought more areas under wheat cultivation this season in a welcoming development.
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Russia has already given offer to export two lakh metric tons of wheat to Bangladesh, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder told the parliament today (June 23, 2022).
Bangladesh is trying to secure wheat supplies from Russia in a government-to-government deal after its biggest supplier India restricted exports of the grain last month to contain local prices, government and trade officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Nearly a fortnight after deciding to curb wheat supplies abroad, India today said it would continue to allow the export of the crop to neighbouring and vulnerable countries.
India has called out western countries and cautioned that food grains should not go the way of Covid-19 vaccines, as it voiced concern over hoarding, discrimination and the “unjustified increase” in food prices which threaten food security of vulnerable countries amidst the war in Ukraine.
India today indicated that it would not allow the food security of its South Asian neighbours to be hit by the ban imposed on exports of wheat and that the measure was a temporary one.