Iran imports 2.3m tons of wheat over four months

Business Materials 10 August 2012 12:41

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.10/ Trend F.Milad/

Iran imported some 2.3 million tons of wheat from 13 countries during the first four months of the current calendar year, which began on March 20, the ISNA News Agency reported.

Switzerland was the major exporter of wheat to Iran with 604,000 tons of exports. Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil ranked the next.

U.S., Azerbaijan, Austria, Uzbekistan, UAE, Turkmenistan, Singapore, and Kazakhstan also exported wheat to Iran during the mentioned period of time.

Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported that Iran is the 12th leading producer of wheat in the world, with an average production of 14 million tons in 2011, Press TV reported.

Iran's wheat production witnessed a one-million ton decline from 15 million tons in 2010, the report said.

It added that Iran's rice production in 2011 was 2.4 million tons, which increased from a total of 2.3 million tons in the previous year.

The United Nations body also noted that the global wheat production is estimated to be the second highest ever at 690 million tons in 2012.

The report added that adverse weather conditions have led to food insecurity in many regions, despite the predicted increase in global wheat production.