India completes donation of 75,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan amid pandemic

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New Delhi (NVI): India completed the shipment of the consignment of 75,000 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat to Afghanistan to ensure food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Embassy of India in Kabul announced the completion of a donation of 75,000 MT of wheat to Afghanistan this year.

“This shipment of wheat was supplied to Afghanistan in 10 installments between April and September 2020, through Chabahar, with the aim of assisting Afghanistan in augmenting its food security during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the Indian embassy in Afghanistan said in a release.

This food grains assistance is part of India’s humanitarian and economic assistance program.

“The large scale deliveries from India to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port also demonstrates the salience and economic viability of the Chabahar Port for Afghanistan’ trade and commerce,” the embassy further said.

Tahir Qadiry, Afghan Charge d’Affaires has also thanked India for completing the donation of wheat in 10 installments, during the period of April to September.

“Would like to express immense gratitude to India on completing donation of 75,000 MT wheat in 10 installments during April-September to beef up food security, especially during COVID-19 testing times. A friend in need is a friend indeed,” Qadiry wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in April, the consignment of 5,022 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat was sent to Afghanistan, as the first installment, to ensure food security.

-RJV