Bharat Krishak Samaj – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Farmers’ body Bharat Krishak Samaj (BKS) on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction with the ban on wheat exports, saying restrictions on shipments of agricultural products are an “indirect tax” on farmers.
Farmers will not be able to take advantage of high world prices, while India will lose credibility as a reliable trading partner, he said.
“Unfortunately, India has banned wheat exports. Restrictions on agricultural exports are an indirect tax on farmers in the countries where they are imposed,” Bharat Krishak Samaj Chairman Ajay Vir Jakhar told PTI. .
Farm gate prices are controlled by policy and farmers cannot benefit from higher commodity prices while having to pay higher input costs, he added.
“Today, not only traders, but even farmers who hold stocks of wheat will lose out. These export bans are the reason why farmers do not trust market reforms. This adds to the trust deficit “, said Jakhar.
Given soaring food prices around the world, he said the UN had also called on nations not to make sudden announcements.
India is also losing credibility as a trading partner, he said.
“The lack of credible real-time data and analysis in government is why we are in this situation,” he said.
Jakhar said his association has long advocated for farmers to be compensated when they suffer loss due to government policy, as is the norm in the United States.
“I hope one day it will happen,” he said.
India has banned wheat exports with immediate effect as part of measures to control rising domestic prices, according to an official notification.
However, export shipments for which irrevocable letters of credit have been issued on or before the date of this notification will be permitted.
The government has revised down the wheat production estimate by 5.7% to 105 million tonnes for the 2021-22 crop year ending in June, from the previous projection of 111.32 million tonnes. , as crop productivity was affected due to the early onset of summer.
India’s wheat production stood at 109.59 million tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year (July-June).
The country exported 7 million tons of wheat in the last fiscal year.
India was looking to export 10 million tons this fiscal year.
Bharat Krishak Samaj (BKS) is one of the leading non-partisan farmer organizations in India advocating for farmer prosperity as well as healthy, sustainable, inclusive and equitable food systems that benefit both farmers and consumers.
BKS was established by Dr. Panjabrao S Deshmukh on April 3, 1955.