The government of India has banned export of all wheat from the country.

Export of all wheat, includes high-protein durum and normal soft bread varieties wheat.

Both the varieties of wheat have been moved from “free” to the “prohibited” category with effect from May 13.

Durum wheat is high in protein and gluten. This makes it ideal for making bread and pasta.

The move comes after a massive crop loss due to sudden heatwaves in March.

Besides the annual consumer price inflation hitting a near eight-year-high of 7.79% in April.

The retail food inflation also rose to 8.38% in April from 7.68% in the preceding month.

Wheat prices in India have risen to record highs, reaching Rs 25,000 ($ 322.71) per metric tonne in some spot markets.

In April, India exported a record 1.4 million tonnes of wheat and an agreement to export about 1.5 million tonnes was already signed in May.

Indian sanctions could push global prices to new heights as there are no major suppliers in the market.

India has set a target of 10 million tonnes of wheat production in 2022-23 amid growing global demand for grain.

The Centre will send trade delegations to Morocco, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Turkey, Algeria and Lebanon for exploring possibilities of boosting wheat exports from India.