Economy Water shortage could cut India's food exports, minister warns Updated : June 25, 2019 07:40 AM IST India, a leading producer of an array of food commodities, is sitting on large stockpiles of rice, wheat and sugar. Government research bodies and experts say Indian farmers need 4,500 to 5,000 litres of water to grow one kg of rice. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.