By John Lee.
New Zealand has reportedly postponed plans to export lamb to Iran.
A spokesman for Silver Fern Farms, one of two exporters working with import companies in Iran, emphasized that the plan would be put into practice next season, which begins in December.
NZ Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said he had just returned from a visit to the Middle East country where he had signed a veterinary agreement that would pave the way for exports to Iran.
“Iran was a very important market for New Zealand in the 1980s. We were selling a quarter of our sheepmeat there before red tape and bureaucracy put a halt to the trade in the 1990s,” he said.