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Iran claims to have self-sufficiency in sugar production

Business Materials 14 September 2018 13:34

Tehran, Iran, Sept. 14

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Latest data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration showed that the country has achieved self-sufficiency in sugar production.

Since the start of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), only 88,000 tons of sugar have been imported to the country, the customs data showed, ILNA news agency said in a report on September 14.

The report added that country, according to Government Corporation of Iran and customs data, the country has now achieved self-sufficiency in production of sugar and that the government has no plan to import more sugar.

Alireza Yazdani, the manager of Sugar Beet Project carried out by the Agriculture Ministry, said the main reason behind this is that Iranian farmers managed to produce more than 8 million tons of sugar beet last fall.

The main sugar-producing provinces in Iran are Khuzestan, West Azarbaijan and Khorasan Razavi.

Iranians consume between 2.2 and 2.4 million tons of sugar a year and last year the import of more than 550,000 tons of the product was needed.

Iran imports sugar mainly from Brazil.

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