Turkey has returned its ship with a consignment of 56,877 tonnes of wheat to Kandhla port in Gujarat. S&P Global Commodity Insights has given this information in its report. According to reports, a Turkish trader said that Rubella virus has been found in Indian wheat, due to which the country’s Agriculture Ministry has decided to return it. The ship will return to Gujarat by mid-June.
Despite the ban on exports, India became the troubleshooter
Turkey is grappling with a severe wheat crisis. The Erdogan government is exploring options to buy wheat from abroad. In view of the domestic demand, India has decided to ban wheat exports. But even after this, 12 countries have requested India for help. Despite the ban on exports, India sent a consignment of 60,000 tonnes of wheat to Egypt. Not only Turkey but the whole world is currently battling a big and small wheat crisis due to the Russia Ukraine war which has affected the global supply chain.
Rest of the country worried about Turkey’s decision
Russia and Ukraine are both major producers of wheat. According to the Global Hunger Index, every second to third bread eaten in Africa and the Middle East is made from Ukrainian wheat. One-fourth of the world’s wheat in the global market comes from Russia and Ukraine. Turkey’s decision has put other countries including Egypt in a dilemma where Indian wheat is going to reach in a few days. Countries facing the crisis are now dependent on India for wheat. In such a situation, Turkey’s complaints about Indian wheat may increase the problems of the troubled countries.