Al-Qusayr, Egypt’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation announced the adoption of India as a country of origin for importing wheat, according to the report he received from Dr. Ahmed Al-Attar, head of the Egyptian Agricultural Quarantine.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted “Indian farmers are feeding the world. Egypt approves India as a wheat supplier. Modi Govt. steps in as world looks for reliable alternate sources for steady food supply. Our farmers have ensured our granaries overflow & we are ready to serve the world.”
Indian farmers are feeding the world.
Egypt approves India as a wheat supplier. Modi Govt. steps in as world looks for reliable alternate sources for steady food supply.
Our farmers have ensured our granaries overflow & we are ready to serve the world.https://t.co/h56oSc3HDC
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 15, 2022
This comes within the framework of the state’s continuous efforts to open new sources and secure Egypt’s imports of wheat as a strategic commodity.
In light of the government’s tendency to diversify the import sources of strategic commodities to reduce any negative effects, the Minister of Agriculture had approved the travel of a technical delegation from the Ministry to India, led by Eng. Islam Farhat, Supervisor of the Pest Risk Analysis Unit in the Agricultural Quarantine, to complete technical studies conducted by the agricultural quarantine and to discuss the possibility of importing wheat from India.
Farhat said that over the course of several days, the Egyptian delegation was briefed on the Indian phytosanitary systems, inspection and control of grain exports and methods of pest control and resistance, with the completion of field visits to fields and grain stores in different regions such as Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and other places of wheat cultivation where the harvest is taking place
The city of Mumbai was also visited to see the export procedures and the government laboratories approved by the Indian Agricultural Quarantine.
The study’s technical report concluded with the establishment of technical requirements for phytosanitary standards required for importing ration wheat for bread production, as well as durum wheat for the production of pasta and other food products.
The Egyptian delegation also discussed with officials of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and representatives of the Indian plant quarantine the possibility of enhancing cooperation between the two sides, including facilitating the flow of Egyptian agricultural exports to India.