Livestock imports from Brazil heads to Sistan and Baluchestan province
Tehran, Iran, Jan.4
Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province would be the destination of live cattle imports from Brazil, said the head of Iran Veterinary Organization Alireza Rafieipour, Trend reports citing IRNA.
Therefore, around 648,000 imported live cattle would annually be sent to slaughterhouses in this province.
"The province is situated in special location, making it the only port that connects to the ocean," said Rafieipour.
He pointed out that red meat demand for Iran's industrial consumption is more than 400,000 tons, while normal houses consume more than 200,000 tons. "Therefore livestock import is important for development of country's economy."
"The Veterinary Organization has worked over five months on a live cattle import protocol to convince Brazil to use Sistan and Baluchestan province as the arriving destination," he added.
He noted that Iran would annually import 648,000 live cattle to Sistan and Baluchestan province from Brazil, where the cows will be immediately sent to the province slaughterhouses.
The protocol has been approved and at the first stage Iran will import 100,000 live cattle from Brazil.
The managing director of Veterinary Organization in Sistann and Baluchestan Province Mehdi Hosseini pointed out that the slaughterhouses' capacity in the province is 5,630 cows per day.
"Currently 11 industrial slaughterhouses and 38 red meat packaging units with capacity of 302 tons per day are operating in the province," he said.