29 July 2022, New Delhi: A question was asked during current parliament session if the Government proposes to provide any assistance/compensation on the losses suffered by farmers due to ban on the export of wheat. On this the Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar responded that there are no losses suffered by farmers due to ban on the export of wheat. Export of wheat is done in by exporters. Moreover, domestic prices of wheat are ruling above MSP (Minimum Support Price) even after ban on the export of wheat.
Another question related to rejection of a container of wheat in turkey was asked, if the Government is fully aware of the news given by the Government of Turkey about a particular type of virus in Indian wheat. On this the minister responded that some newspapers reported that Indian wheat consignment was rejected due to Rubella virus. This virus is found in human beings and it is not associated with wheat or any other plant products.
National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) of Turkey officially informed that Indian wheat consignment was rejected due to contamination of “Karnal Bunt” of wheat OIH pathogen (Tilletia indica). However, the wheat consignment was inspected as per standard operating procedures for export of wheat and was found to be free from Karnal Bunt. The same consignment was sent to Israel which was accepted by the Israeli Government.