Iran allows private sector to export wheat
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.12/ Trend F.Milad/
The Iranian administration has issued permission, allowing the private sector to export wheat, the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday.
According to studies, Iraq and Afghanistan are the most potential targets for exporting Iranian wheat. Russia has also been identified as a potential market.
Iran's wheat output will amount to 13-14 million tons in the current year, which ends on March 20, 2013, the advisor to the minister of Agricultural Jihad said on Saturday.
Javad Hosseini told the Fars News Agency that the wheat yield will be sufficient for the domestic use.
Iran imported some 2.3 million tons of wheat from 13 countries during the first four months of the current calendar year, the ISNA News Agency reported on Friday.
Switzerland was the major exporter of wheat to Iran with 604,000 tons of exports. Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil ranked the next.
U.S., Azerbaijan, Austria, Uzbekistan, UAE, Turkmenistan, Singapore, and Kazakhstan also exported wheat to Iran during the mentioned period of time.
Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has reported that Iran is the 12th leading producer of wheat in the world, with an average production of 14 million tons in 2011, according to Press TV.
Iran's wheat production witnessed a one-million ton decline from 15 million tons in 2010, the report said.
It added that Iran's rice production in 2011 was 2.4 million tons, which increased from a total of 2.3 million tons in the previous year.