NEW DELHI: India’s sugar exports to Afghanistan have almost come to a halt, with Indian traders reporting cancellation of orders in view of the prevailing situation there, a senior government official said on Wednesday.
The Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan and took control of the country after capturing Kabul last month.
Afghanistan is one of the top three destinations for Indian sugar exports.
About 6,00,000-7,00,000 tonnes of sweetener are exported annually.
According to trade data, around 6,50,000 tonnes of sugar has been exported so far in the current 2020-21 season ending this month.
The sugar season runs from October to September.
Subodh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary in the Food Ministry said, “Our sugar exports to Afghanistan have been affected due to the prevailing situation. Some orders have been cancelled.
However, sugar exports to Afghanistan should resume next season when normalcy is restored under the new regime, he said.
Taliban fighters, who were ousted from power in Afghanistan by US-led forces in 2001, have re-emerged, controlling much of Afghanistan after the government fell and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. , so citizens like their companions.
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 sugar in the 2020-21 season.
Sugar production in India in the current 2020-21 season is estimated to be 31 million tonnes.