The government says it is not encouraging farmers in India to move to the United States to produce their soy products.
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is due to travel to the U.S. on Thursday for a bilateral summit.
The White House said the administration is “aware of the growing demand for Indian soy products from farmers in the United Kingdom and other markets.”
It added that the government would not be discussing the matter with the British government or the European Union, and “we are not commenting further on the matter.”
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2017.
The prime minister’s trip comes a week after the U,S.
announced that it would allow Indian farmers to switch from soy to corn in the next few years.
It was a move that had been seen as an effort to improve the country’s corn exports.
India already uses corn as its main feedstock, but corn is a major competitor to soybeans in the U: the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that as much as one third of the world’s soybean production is now grown in India.
While India is the world leader in soy, corn production is growing.
The country has been exporting soy products to the EU since 2013, and last year, it exported $1.5 billion worth of corn.