NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) - India will prioritise
government exports of wheat over rice and oilmeal if the country
approves a proposal to increase shipments, a senior farm
ministry official said on Wednesday.
"Wheat exports are a priority issue as the new harvest is
about to begin later in the month," said the official, who
declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the
On Tuesday, government sources told Reuters that India was
expected to allow an extra 5 million tonnes of wheat exports
soon, though any increase would have to find additional capacity
on India's limited rail lines and ports.
Farm Minister Sharad Pawar said India's cabinet was likely to
discuss the issue of extra exports of wheat at a meeting on
Thursday, as the country tries to trim overflowing stocks.
(Reporting by Ratnajyoti Dutta; Editing by Ed Davies)