NEW DELHI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - India will decide by the end
of December whether to allow an extra 2.5 million tonnes of
wheat exports, Food Secretary Sudhir Kumar told reporters on
India, the world's second-biggest producer of the grain, has
allowed 2 million tonnes of overseas sales so far this year from
government warehouses as part of a strategy to cut huge stocks
built due to successive bumper harvests.
Food Minister K. V. Thomas said India could supply wheat to
Iran and its grain did not face any quality issues.
India and Iran have been discussing exports of wheat for
about a year but quality issues have held back any deal.
Iran has not bought Indian wheat since the mid-1990s because
of concerns about Karnal bunt, a fungal disease.
(Reporting by Ratnajyoti Dutta; Editing by Jo Winterbottom)