New Delhi: India has exported 4.03 million tonnes of wheat so far in the current fiscal, of which more than half of the grain was government-held stock, Parliament was informed Monday.
In September 2011, wheat export was permitted under Open General Licence (OGL) in view of sufficient supply due to bumper crop, while the overseas sale of government-held wheat stock was allowed in June 2012.
"During 2012-13 till February 22, a quantity of 4.03 million tonnes of wheat has been exported," Food Minister K V Thomas said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Of which, 2.07 million tonnes of wheat stored in the government godowns were exported through state agencies, while 35,000 tonnes of grain shipped to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid, he said.
In 2011-12 fiscal, the country had exported 7,41,000 tonnes of wheat, out of this 1,00,000 tonnes of the grain was exported from the Central pool as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, he added.
The government-held wheat stock was not exported in 2009-10 and 2010-11 financial years.
Stating that the government has sufficient stock of wheat, Thomas said as on February 1 of this year, the stock of wheat in the central pool is 30.80 million tonnes, against the actual requirement of 11.2 million tonnes.
On wastage of foodgrains stocks in the state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI), the Minister said a quantity of 1454.27 tonnes of foodgrains has been accrued as damaged/ non-issuable as on Feburary 22 of the current fiscal.
A total of 16,386 tonnes of foodgrains was non-issuable /damaged in the last three years in FCI, he said responding to a separate query.
Foodgrains are overflowing in the FCI godowns due to record procurement following bumper crop of 259.32 million tonnes in the 2011-12 crop year (July-June). Of which, wheat output stood an all-time high of 94.88 million tonnes, while rice at 105.31 million tonnes.
First Published: Monday, March 4, 2013, 15:13