The Minerals and Metal Trading Corporation (MMTC) on Friday exported its first shipment of 31,500 metric tonnes of wheat to Ethiopia in North Africa from Mormugao Port Berth 10.
This is the first clean cargo to be exported from MPT after sudden stoppage of handling of coal and iron ore export.
In a press note, MMTC stated that the government of India has taken a decision to export wheat procured by Food Corporation of India (FCI) through three trading arms of the Ministry of Commerce – MMTC, State Trading Corporation (STC) and Project Engineering Corporation (PEC) to export about 3.5 million tonnes of wheat before March 31.
The export of FCI wheat from Mormugao Port has been assigned to MMTC Ltd and the first shipment sailed to Ethiopia on Friday by MV Spar Lyra from Berth 10.
Addressing a press conference, MMTC Deputy General Manager A F Sequeira stated that they had to face a lot of challenges as the cargo had to be moved by rail from Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to Vasco by Konkan railway route.
“Due to a large single godown, the wheat consignment had to be stored in different godowns at FCI, CWC and at port’s warehouse at Baina,” added Sequeira.
Sequeira further informed that the bagged cargo was handled by Amit Cargo Movers, the clearing and handling agent of MMTC, from various warehouses to the main warehouse at Berth 10 for debagging and bleeding.
“The debagging/bleeding is highly labour intensive as each bag had to be cut open and emptied to make the bulk quantity which was later loaded in the vessel,” he said.
Sequeira thanked MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan for his support and cooperation and said such small beginning will lead to more shipment from the port.
Tushar Bhosle of Amit Cargo Movers informed that about 25,000 tonnes of maize will be exported from Mormugao Port to Malaysia for which their company is the clearing and handling agent. [H]