Calling on Western countries, India said on Wednesday that foodgrains should not get in the way of Kovid-19 vaccines because it has raised concerns about procurement and discrimination amid “unfair increases” in food prices.
It stressed that its decision to restrict wheat exports will ensure that it truly responds to those who need it most.
“Many low-income societies today face the twin challenges of rising costs and difficulties in access to foodgrains. Countries like India, which have a lot of inventory, have seen an unacceptable increase in food prices. Said.
Muralitharan was speaking at a meeting of the ‘Global Food Security Call to Action’ chaired by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinkan during the US presidency of the UN Security Council in May.
The meeting took place just days after India’s last Friday decision to ban wheat exports in an effort to check higher prices amid a shortage of wheat due to the heat wave.
The decision is aimed at controlling the retail prices of wheat and wheat flour – an increase of 14-20 per cent on average over the past one year – and meeting the food grain needs of neighboring and vulnerable countries.
The Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification last week that wheat exports will be allowed based on the approval of the central government.
At a high-level meeting, India spoke on the issue of the ban on wheat exports for the first time since the May 13 announcement.
The Government of India has recognized the sudden rise in the global price of wheat, which “puts our food security and our neighbors and other vulnerable countries at risk,” Muralidharan said.
“Such a negative impact on food security has been effectively mitigated and we are committed to ensuring that the vulnerable are softened against sudden changes in the global market.
“To maintain our own overall food security and support the needs of neighboring and other vulnerable developing countries, we have announced some measures on wheat exports on 13 May 2022,” he said.
“I make it clear that these measures will allow export to countries that need to meet their food security demands. This is done at the request of concerned governments. Such a policy will ensure that we are truly responsive to those who need it most,” he said.
The minister stressed that India has a role to play in advancing global food security. “
India has called on Western countries and warned that the issue of food grains should not go the way of the Kovid-19 vaccine, with the rich countries buying them more than they need, even the poorest and least developed countries. Early proportions for their people.
“We all need to adequately appreciate the importance of equity, affordability and access when it comes to foodgrains.
“We have already seen our huge cost in how these principles are ignored in the case of the Kovid-19 vaccine. Free markets should not be an argument for perpetuating inequality and encouraging discrimination, ”Muralidharan said.
“We have seen India’s decision report,” said US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield ahead of Washington’s signature programs on food security. We are encouraging countries not to restrict exports because we hope that any restrictions on exports will exacerbate food shortages. But you – again, India will be one of the countries that will attend our meeting on the Security Council and we hope that they will reconsider that position when they hear the concerns raised by other countries.
Muralidharan highlighted India’s “track record”, saying that even in the midst of the Kovid-19 epidemic and ongoing conflicts, India will never want to.
“We have provided thousands of metric tonnes of wheat, rice, pulses and lentils to strengthen our food security to many countries, including our neighbors and Africa,” he said. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, India is donating 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to its people.
“India continues to support humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, including grants of 10,000 tonnes of rice and wheat,” he said. “We are helping Sri Lanka in this difficult time, including food aid.”
“In line with our policy of Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam, (a family of the world) and our ‘Neighborhood First’ policy, we will continue to help our neighbors in their time of need and always stand with them,” he said. He said.
The global impact of the Kovid-19 pandemic and ongoing conflicts, including in Ukraine, has adversely impacted the lives of ordinary people, particularly in developing countries, with fuel and commodity prices and disruptions in the global logistical supply chain.