|Iran’s rice imports fall by 39.34%||
TEHRAN - Iran imported over 196,600 tons of rice in the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-May 21), showing a 39.34 percent decline compared to the same period in the previous year.
Meanwhile, imports of rice amounted to $235.1 million in the mentioned period of time, indicating 36.23 percent drop compared to the same time last year, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday, citing a report released by the Iranian Customs Administration.
Rice was Iran’s fourth major non-oil import product in the 2-month period, accounting for 3.2 percent and 3.06 percent of the country’s total non-oil imports in weight and value, respectively.
Iran imported 1.956 million tons of rice, valued at $2.301 billion, in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014 showing 50.86 percent rise in weight and 74.62 percent growth in value compared to the calendar year ending in March 2013.
Iran’s annual rice production stands at about 2.5 million tons, while annual domestic consumption is about 3 million tons.
Iran imported 6.148 million tons of non-oil products, valued at $7.688 billion, during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year, indicating 45.74 percent rise in weight and 34.78 percent growth in value, compared to the same time last year.
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