KABUL (BNA) Finance Minister Mullah Hidayatullah Badri on Thursday directed all customs’ offices to prevent any wheat export or deal abroad.
Zabihullah Mujahid Spokesman for Islamic Emirate said on his Twitter page, that the decision has been made to prevent wheat shortage and foodstuffs in the country.
In the current year, farmers in most provinces of the country are complaining about the lack of rainfall and the drying up of their agricultural lands, and the Afghan people are facing a severe humanitarian crisis following the recent political developments.
International aid organizations say, above half of the country’s population is at risk of starvation.
Wheat is the main food of the people of the country. It is estimated that Afghanistan needs more than six million tonnes of wheat for its 33 million population in a year.
Last year, the country’s wheat production was estimated at four million tons; However, the Ministry of Agriculture has not yet estimated the yield of wheat for the current year.
Earlier, the Indian government had banned the export of wheat abroad.
Food prices, especially wheat, have risen sharply since the Russian invasion of Ukraine; due to their world’s top exporters of grain and wheat.