NEW DELHI, INDIA — After months of negotiations with neighboring rival Pakistan, India announced on Feb. 22 that it has begun shipping wheat across their shared border to war-torn Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.
India’s foreign ministry said more than 50 trucks with about 2,500 tonnes of wheat began crossing the border on Feb. 23.
Last week, Pakistani officials announced they would allow India, which shares a heavily militarized border, to deliver wheat to Afghanistan, which is in the midst of a hunger crisis.
Pakistan in recent months also has sent food and medicine to Afghanistan.
India is forecast to harvest a record wheat crop of 109.2 million tonnes in 2021-22 and export a record 7 million tonnes, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.