Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 11
By Fatih Karimov– Trend:
Iran’s agriculture ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for cooperation in agricultural monitoring.
Under the MoU signed Oct. 11, the parties will cooperate on a project for improving Agriculture Monitoring System through satellite imagery, the Iranian agriculture ministry said in a message.
Abbas Keshavarz, Iran’s deputy agriculture minister said that FAO has agreed to implement a pilot project in Iran to improve the country’s Agriculture Monitoring System.
The pilot project will be implemented in Zanjan, Mazandaran and Kerman provinces which have different climatic conditions, he added.
The date of this system should be up to date, predictable and analytical, he said, adding that it will report all events including climatic fluctuations, weather changes and so on.
Over 52 percent of Iran’s agricultural lands are under wheat farming. Iran’s wheat production reached 14 million tons during the current year.
The Islamic Republic exported 5.8 million tons of agricultural products during the last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2017), 21.7 percent more year-on-year.
The value of exported agricultural products accounted for $5.686 billion, registering an increase by 3.61 percent compared to preceding year, according to Iran’s agriculture ministry.
Iranian agricultural exports shared 4.48 percent of the country’s total non-oil exports in terms of volume and 12.97 percent in terms of value respectively.