Govt may lift sugar export ban after winter session: Pawar

New Delhi Nov 27 | Updated: Nov 28 2006, 07:45am hrs
Sugar exports could resume by the next month-end with the government working on a mechanism to regulate overseas sales, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Monday.

Asserting that the lifting of ban on export of sugar would be taken up after the winter session of Parliament, Pawar pointed out that his ministry, at this stage, was yet to take the issue to the union cabinet.

"The government is actively considering lifting ban on export of sugar," Pawar said. "The exports of sugar would be regulated by export release orders to ensure adequate availability of sugar in the domestic market at reasonable prices."

India will have surplus sugar in the crushing season that began in October after meeting domestic demand and building adequate buffer stocks, he said.

India, the world's second-largest producer and biggest consumer, banned sugar exports.

Meanwhile, minister of state for agriculture Akhilesh Prasad Singh told Parliament on Monday that a plan had been finalised to remove the imported wheat from the ports.

He said in addition to the 3.2 million tonnes of wheat that had already arrived, five vessels with 276,644 tonnes were scheduled to arrive by the end of November.

Singh added wheat for the summer harvest had been sown over 11.4 million hectares between November 1 and 24 against 9.7 million hectares during the year ago period.