Iran imports 126,000 tons of U.S. wheat
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.13/ Trend F. Milad/
Iran imported 126,000 tons of wheat, worth $42 million, from the U.S. in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, ISNA cited the latest data released by the Iranian Customs Administration.
Over $983 million worth of wheat was imported from 16 countries during the aforementioned period of time, showing 189 times rise in weight and a 234 time rise in value compared to the same period last year.
Switzerland, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Kazakhstan were the main exporters of wheat to Iran.
The chairman of the agriculture committee of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines Mohammad-Hossein Karimi has criticized importing 10 million tons of wheat during the first half of the year, saying that such a high volume of wheat imports is alarming.
This is while it had been projected that the annual domestic wheat production would hit 14 million tons and that the country would export its surplus wheat, he noted.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Iran's rice output will remain unchanged at 2.4 million tons, but wheat output will decline by 4 percent to reach 13.5 million tons.
Total Iran's cereal imports, however, are forecast to remain high at 7.3 million tons, consisting of maize, wheat and rice.
In August, Press TV quoted the advisor to the minister of Agricultural Jihad Javad Hosseini as saying that Iran is the 12th leading producer of wheat in the world.
Hosseini said that the wheat yield will be sufficient for the domestic use.