Prices high for Indian wheat tender
India received seven bids against a wheat import tender
but at prices on average 20% higher than those paid last
Trading firms including Glencore and Cargill bid at between $265.50 to $296
per tonne, officials and trade sources said.
India paid an average $230
per tonne for imports in 2006 when it was forced to tap global markets for 5.5
India is looking to import one million tonnes but traders
say it may have to buy far more as purchases from local farmers
Freight rates increase
It is buying wheat for a
second year to boost reserves as demand exceeds production. The purchases come
at a time when freight rates have climbed to more than a two-year high as China
and India, the world's two most-populous nations, buy more grain and iron
Wheat prices have advanced 11% in the past year as bad weather
damaged crops from US to Australia.
Indian output has been stagnating
around 70 million tonnes annually while consumption has been steadily
This year, the harvest is forecast at 73.3 million tonnes, up
from 69.4 million in 2006, according to the farm
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