Food Minister Paswan says, 'No plans to raise wheat import duty'

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, "the government has no immediate plans to further hike wheat import duty from the existing 10 percent. On March 28, an import duty of 10 percent was imposed on wheat to curb shipments in view of record domestic output at around 97.44 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year (July-June)."

Prior to that, there was no duty at all for nearly four months. "There are no immediate plans to increase import duty on wheat," Paswan told reporters. 

"There are adequate supplies in the domestic market in view of the bumper crop in 2016-17", he added. 

According to the traders, "For instance, prices of Australian wheat - which India normally imports -- have gone up by 15-20 percent due to likely lower crop. Some quantity of wheat from Ukraine is being imported."


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