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‘No need for wheat import by next year’

‘No need for wheat import by next year’
` Iran has been self-reliance in wheat production over the past three years and there is also no need for importing the grain by the next year, Kaveh Zargaran, the chairman of the Agricultural Committee at the Tehran Chamber of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), announced.

Tehran Times

He made the remarks in the ‘Annual International Conference Black Sea Grain and Oilseeds 2018/19’ which was held in Moscow, TCCIMA website published on Monday.

Islamic Republic of Iran’s approach in terms of wheat is to be self-reliance, Zargaran further stressed.

Of the 8.5 million hectares of land under cultivation in Iran, some 60 percent is under wheat farming which shows the significance of this grain in the country, he added.

Referring to an agreement on Iranian private sector’s purchase of wheat from Russia and transit of flour from Iran to Iraq, he said that the related document has not been still signed by the agriculture ministers of Iran and Russia and when it is signed the task will be done in case of usance letter of credit to be opened by Russia.

Replying to a question about Iran’s strategy of importing corn, Zargaran said: “Our country’s seeking water resources management and in this due it will import some part of its required corn from other countries. Iran needs 6-7 million tons of corn per year and Russia can be one of the providers of the grain to Iran.”