Climate change dramatically affects Iran's agriculture
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 11
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
In the first six months of the current Iranian year (started March 2018) damages of the climate change to Iran's agricultural sector amounted to 220 trillion rials (roughly $5.2 billion), director general at the Office for Management and Reduction/Mitigation of Agricultural Risks and Crisis of Iran's Agricultural Ministry, Mohammad Mosavi said, Trend reports referring to Iranian media.
He noted that the damage was mainly caused by drought, abnormal temperatures (either too cold or hot), various precipitations, hail and floods.
He also stressed that 90 percent of the damage in agriculture was due to either drought or cold weather.
Mosavi went on noting that dust storms and their damage are being thoroughly investigated. According to calculations, Mosavi said, dust storms caused 20 percent decrease in both production quantity and quality in those provinces where they are common.
In the current Iranian year, 500 billion rials (roughly $11.9 million) have been allocated to support nomadic husbandry with feed, Mosavi said adding that 400 billion rials (roughly $9.5 million) are allocated to improve water supplies to the nomads of Iran.