Kazakhstan, Iran discuss agriculture co-op
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 27
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
Kazakhstan and Iran expand agriculture cooperation working on mutually beneficial bilateral agreements and increasing the export/import potential of the agricultural sector of both countries.
The cooperation in agriculture was discussed during an official visit of Kazakh Minister of Agriculture Askar Myrzakhmetov to Iran, where he met with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Hojjati, the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry said in a message Nov. 27.
The parties discussed lifting the restrictions on import of Kazakh wheat, attraction of investments in Kazakhstan’s agriculture sector, as well as the import of frozen and chilled beef from Kazakhstan by the Iranian side.
The officials agreed to launch joint investment projects in rice production and oilseed processing with further export through the ports of the Caspian Sea to Iran. The Iranian side expressed its readiness to provide seeds of rice varieties that are in demand in the Iranian market.
The Islamic Republic has also suggested processing Kazakh wheat at the flour milling plants of Iran in order to sell the processed products to other countries through the transit potential of Iran.
Myrzakhmetov also met with the Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade of Iran Mohammad Shariatmadari. The ministers discussed lifting the restrictions on import of Kazakh wheat by the Iranian government.