INDIA - Government Bans All Wheat Exports

Arno Froese

India, the world’s second largest producer of wheat, has banned all exports with immediate effect after a heatwave affected the crop.

A key aim is to control rising domestic prices. Global wheat prices have increased by more than 40% since the beginning of the year.

Even though it is the world’s second largest producer of wheat, India consumes most of the wheat it produces. It had set a goal of exporting 10m tons of the grain in 2022-23, looking to capitalize on global disruption to wheat supplies from the war and find new markets for its wheat in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Apart from problems with weather damaging harvests, India’s vast stocks of wheat—a buffer against famine—have been strained by distribution of free grain during the pandemic to about 800 million people.

To balance supply and demand, the government needs about 25m tons of wheat each year for an extensive food welfare program that usually feeds more than 80 million people.

-www.theguardian.com, 14 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

Alarming reports about possible food shortages are nothing new. Way back in the 1960s and 70s, statistics and articles published indicated that the world will run out of food. In fact, already in 1798, Thomas Malthus wrote that the world would not be able to support its burgeoning population. Wrong! 

Forbes/Statista published the following under the headline, “The Enormous Scale of Global Food Waste”: https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2021/03/05/the-enormous-scale-of-global-food-waste-infographic/ 

This writer recalls that in the 1960s, as a member of the West Australian Wheat Board, recommendations were made to all farmers to reduce acreage due to the fall of wheat prices at that time. 

While we cannot vouch for the accuracy of Forbes/Statista, it is a valid guideline to show that food production is at an all-time high and expected to grow significantly in the future.

We must add Matthew 5:45b: “for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” This reminds us that the harvest depends on God.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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