Export of sugar from India to Afghanistan almost stopped
The Taliban overthrew the Afghan government and took control of the country after taking Kabul last month.
Afghanistan is one of the top three destinations for Indian sugar exports. About 6,000,000-7,000,000 tonnes of sweetener are exported each year.
About 6.50,000 tonnes of sugar have already been exported so far in the current 2020-21 season ending this month, according to trade data. The sugar season runs from October to September.
“Our sugar exports to Afghanistan are now affected due to the current situation there. Some orders have been canceled,” Deputy Secretary of the Food Ministry Subodh Kumar Singh told PTI.
However, sugar exports to Afghanistan are expected to resume in the next season after normalcy returns under the new regime, he said.
Taliban fighters, who were ousted from power in Afghanistan by US-led forces in 2001, have resurfaced, taking control of most parts of Afghanistan, after the government collapsed and that President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, as did his compatriot. citizens.
Currently, there is no change in India-Afghanistan trade policy unlike Pakistan which has decided not to buy sugar from India.
India, the world’s second-largest sugar producer after Brazil, has so far exported more than 6 million tonnes of sweetener in the 2020-21 season.
Sugar production in India is estimated at 31 million tonnes for the current 2020-21 season.
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