India warns wheat could go way of Covid vaccines with richer countries hoarding most supplies

Open markets must not become an argument to perpetuate inequity and promote discrimination, says India

Stuti Mishra
Friday 20 May 2022 06:22
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<p>An Indian farmer carries wheat crop harvested from a field on the outskirts of Jammu, India</p>

An Indian farmer carries wheat crop harvested from a field on the outskirts of Jammu, India

India has warned against hoarding of food grains by richer countries, making a comparison to the shortage of Covid vaccines faced by developing countries.

The remarks come after questions were raised over a decision on 13 May by India, the world’s second-largest producer of wheat, to restrict exports of the grain as global prices spiral.

The country’s decision comes amid a blistering heatwave that has impacted its crop production. It has defended its decision saying the aim was to ensure food security.

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