Rouhani: Iran’s wheat reserve sufficient until 2018
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 15
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran has stored 30 million tons of wheat, which is enough for 700 days, that is, until 2018, according to President Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani said that supply of strategic food products was one of the main problems when he took office in 2013, while now the reserves are unprecedentedly large, IRIB news agency reported Aug. 15
The Iranian government has bought over 10 million tons of wheat from farmers from the beginning of harvest this year, which is 25 percent more year-on-year.
Officials say the country has reached self-sufficiency in wheat production for the first time in recent years.
Food security is a serious matter for Iran given the size of its population, which has grown over 80 million with the country’s food basket shrinking.
Wheat is the main crop cultivated in Iran, accounting for almost 70 percent of aggregate cereal production.
Irrigated wheat covers almost one-third of the total sown area. As a result, the bulk of the wheat crop depends on the performance of seasonal precipitation.