No protein products shortage in local market, Iranian deputy minister says

Business Materials 2 September 2018 12:11 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, Sept. 2


The deputy agriculture minister for livestock affairs said Iran is annually producing 15 million tons of protein products and is facing no shortage of supplies in this sector.

“There is no shortage of poultry meat, eggs and milk,” Morteza Rezaei said on September 2, Fars news agency reported.

He further described the country’s livestock and poultry industry as huge, noting, “We are producing 75 million tons of food products and more than 15 million tons of protein products, a major portion of which goes to domestic use”.

Since the start of the current Iranian calendar year (stated March 21), nearly 11 million tons of milk, 2.35 million tons of chicken meat, 500,000 tons of eggs and 860,000 tons of red meat have been produced in the country, the deputy minister said.

Since March, consumers have been facing increasing chicken and red meat prices in the local market as a result of new US sanctions against Tehran.
Iranian officials say that annual agricultural output stands at 120 million tons, valued at $80 million.
The figure includes 82 million tons of crops, 20 million tons of horticultural products, 14 million tons of livestock, and over one million tons of fishery products.