Iran consumes 14 million tons of wheat per year

Business Materials 10 February 2016 18:41 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Iranians annually consume 14 million tons of wheat, an Iranian agricultural deputy minister said. Eskandar Zand has said that about 11 million tons out of the total number is used in food industry while about 2.5 million tons are used in industrial sectors and about one million ton is used as seed, IRNA news agency reported.

According to him over the current Iranian year (starting March 21) 11.5 million tons of wheat were produced domestically while three million tons of the total wheat need were imported. He forecasted that the country will harvest 12 million tons of wheat next year. Iran imported $33.843 billion worth of goods during the first ten months of current fiscal year (started March 2015), which indicates a 22 percent decline, compared to the same period of the preceding year.

Corn fodder worth $1.148 billion topped the list of Iran's imported goods with 3.8 percent share from the country's total imports' value. Iran's corn fodder imports indicate a fall by 18 percent year on year.

After corn fodder, wheat worth $704 million, soybean worth $620 million, rice worth $583 and car parts worth $545 million were other main imported goods of the Islamic Republic.
The country's wheat import decreased by 66 percent in terms of value, meanwhile rice imports indicated a fall by 53 percent in terms of value year on year.