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Canada, Pakistan frown at India’s foodgrain exports, farm subsidies

Date 30-January-2014
Subject Canada, Pakistan frown at India’s foodgrain exports, farm subsidies

NEW DELHI : Rice and wheat exporting countries have raised fresh concerns about India’s food stocks and farm subsidies at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

This comes less than two months after Western countries promised India that no action would be taken against it for breaching food subsidy levels prescribed by the multilateral body at least for the next four years. The WTO’s Committee on Agriculture (CoA) will take up the questions raised by Canada and Pakistan on India’s wheat and non-Basmati rice exports, existing levels of stocks and the subsidies extended, in a meeting scheduled on January 29, a Commerce Department official told .

Canada has asked India to give details on the volume of wheat stocks held by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the light of recent reports that the country would be exporting up to 20 lakh tonne of wheat due to surplus stocks.

In a representation to the CoA, Canada has also asked India to specify how it calculates the floor price (minimum price) for wheat exports. “Reports (news) indicate that the Government of India has lowered the floor price for wheat to $260 per tonne from $300 per tonne which is lower than the price of the same quality wheat from Canada (and other countries) sold in the range of $270 to $275 per tonne,” the representation said.

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