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Does a ban on agricultural exports help in reducing inflation and achieving food security? State your opinion in light of the recent ban on wheat exports and restrictions on sugar exports.

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

5. Does a ban on agricultural exports help in reducing inflation and achieving food security? State your opinion in light of the recent ban on wheat exports and restrictions on sugar exports. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Over the last month, the government has banned the export of wheat and imposed quantitative restrictions on outbound sugar shipments.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the implications of ban on certain agricultural exports by the government.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

In the first part, bring out the factors as to why the ban was announced.

Next, write about the implications of the ban – on food security, on farmers, wheat prices, exports, procurement etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced opinion on the wheat export ban by India.