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Iran plans to import meat from New Zealand
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TEHRAN – Iran is finalizing a deal with New Zealand to import meat from the country, the deputy director of Iran’s Veterinary Organization said on Wednesday.
New Zealand is one of the best producers of meat in the world, he said, adding that Iran is currently importing meat from Brazil, Australia, India, and New Zealand, the Mehr News Agency quoted Mohsen Meshkat as saying.  
The organization is also planning to sign deals with China and Pakistan for importing meat processed products, he added.
Iran is currently exporting meat to South Korea, according to him.
Meanwhile, in January, IRNA quoted Saeid Soltani-Sarvestani, the managing director of the national union of animal farmers, as saying that Iran is near to attain self-sufficiency in producing red meat as just 10 percent of the domestic need is currently imported.
Plans are underway to increase red meat production and reduce market prices, he added.
Currently, around 970,000 tons of red meat is produced in the country, he said, adding that the figure is projected to be boosted by 705,000 tons over the course of five years.

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