Iranian government starts purchasing rice from domestic farmers
Tehran, Iran, September 21
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian government has purchased 2,000 tons of rice from domestic farmers in the past week.
In order to support domestic farmers, the government plans to buy some part of the farmers' crops, Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on September 21.
The government has also increased the rice import tariff to 40 percent from the previous figure of 20 percent.
Iran's rice consumption is around 3 million tons per year.
Iran plans to reach self-sufficiency in rice production in the coming years.
According to the Agriculture Jihad ministry's plan, Iran was supposed to reach self-sufficiency in the rice production field by March 19, 2013, but officials announced that the plan needs another three years to be completed.
Meanwhile Iran still depends on rice imports for its domestic consumption. The country's annual rice consumption is around 2.8 million tons.