Govt agencies will not import wheat for now, says Ram Vilas Paswan1 min read . Updated: 23 Dec 2016, 02:07 PM IST
We'have sufficient stocks for the public distribution system, but there is some tightness in the open market, says Ram Vilas Paswan
New Delhi: Government agencies will not import wheat at least in the near term, food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday, as private agencies ramped up overseas purchases following a rally in local prices.
“We’ve sufficient stocks for the PDS (public distribution system), but there is some tightness in the open market. That’s why we have reduced the import duty to zero," Paswan said, referring to the government-run food welfare programme.
India suspended its 10% import duty on wheat after droughts in the past two years depleted stocks and raised domestic prices, a move that traders said could raise India’s overseas wheat purchases to their highest in a decade.