|Iran’s imports of rice up 117% in 6 months||
TEHRAN - Iran imported 1.1 million tons of rice, valued at $1.289 billion in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, showing 75 percent rise in weight and 117 percent rise in value year on year.
The country had imported 629,000 tons of rice, valued at $594 million in the same period of the previous year, the Mehr News Agency reported on Friday.
India, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey were the main sources of rice exports to Iran.
In July, the director of the Iranian rice producers association, Jamil Alizadeh Shayeq, said that the domestic need to rice is about 500,000 tons.
Importing such a large amount of rice will certainly make a disorder in the market, he said.
Meanwhile, Mehdi Kaboli, an official with the country’s Agricultural Jihad Ministry, has said that Iran plans to produce over 2.4 million tons of rice in the current Iranian calendar year.
Annual rice consumption in Iran stands around 2.8 million tons, so we only need to import less than 500,000 tons of rice this year, he said.
Iran plans to reach self-sufficiency in rice production during the next three years, officials say.
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