Ministry to dismiss claims of Indian wheat import

The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry has dismissed claims in some media outlets suggesting that Turkey is importing wheat from India.

“Turkey is self-sufficient and one of the top 10 countries in the world in agriculture production. It easily meets food demand from its growing population, thanks to its strong agriculture infrastructure,” the ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The ministry noted that the country is net exporter of agriculture products, with export revenues amounting to $25 billion.

“Claims that Turkey will face a wheat crisis after India banned exports of wheat and that bread prices will increase because the country cannot buy wheat from Ukraine and Russia are also not true,” it said, noting that India uses most of its wheat production to meet domestic consumption and that India stopped wheat exports as a measure to fight rising inflation.

India last week banned exports of wheat, citing a risk to its food security, partly due to the war in Ukraine.