Iran intends to strengthen cooperation with China and Mongolia
Tehran, Iran, July 26
Iran Minister of Agricultural Jihad expressed the country's readiness to strengthen and develop cooperation in various fields with China and Mongolia.
“Development of agricultural cooperation with China in the fields of growing cereals and legumes, operating industrial plants and supplying horticultural products and oil seeds is on the agenda,” the Iranian Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati said, Trend reports citing ILNA.
"China and Iran have long-term cooperation in various agricultural sectors, research work, and seed and commodity exchanges,” the minister added.
Having noted that there are also obstacles to the agricultural relations between the two countries, he said: "The necessary agreements have been reached to overcome existing problems including the issue with Customs of China on the quarantine of the livestock.”
Speaking about his current visit to China, he went on to say that final document will be signed during this trip.
Referring to his meeting with the chairman of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) , Hojjati emphasized: "All research institutes in the Chinese agricultural sector operate under the supervision of this large institution. During this meeting, various issues including prospects of scientific cooperation of the two countries were discussed."
“China has achieved good results in research and studies on seeds development including cereal, rice, oil seeds and cotton, and the country is among the world's leading countries in this field,” he added.
The Minister of Agriculture Jihad expressed hope that joint research activities by Iranian side and CAAS will provide a new chapter in the exchange of knowledge and technology between the two countries.
Then the minister talked about his trip to Mongolia, which he visited before China.
“In Mongolia, I met with the country's officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, and we discussed issues related to trade ties and import of livestock,” said Hojjati.
Speaking about the prospects for developing bilateral cooperation and Mongolia's capacity to work with Iran, he noted: "We are considering options for exports of fruits, vegetables and dried fruits to Mongolia and import of livestock meat from them to Iran.”
He added that a joint working group to address these issues is be set by Iran and Mongolia.
Referring to the signing of an agreement on international animal health between the two countries, the minister stressed that the agreement is an important step for development of the bilateral cooperation.