Archive | Agriculture

Big Potential for Pakistani Food Exports to Iran

By John Lee. The head of the All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables, Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has estimated an export potential of $80 million with Iran. Chairman Waheed Ahmed said: “Pakistan can ship 80,000 tonnes of kinno worth $50 million annually, followed by 15,000 tonnes mango of $10.3m, mango pulp of $30,000 and […]

Azerbaijan Bans Iranian Meat Imports

By John Lee. Azerbaijan has introduced a temporary restriction on the import of livestock and livestock products from Iran. According to the report from Financial Tribune Daily, the ban follows an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Iranian province of Qom. “The import of animals and animal products from the provinces of Qom, […]

Iran Increases Food Exports to Russia

By John Lee. The head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA), Massoud Khansari (pictured), has announced that 500 trucks carrying foodstuffs have been dispatched to Russia in the past week, via the Azerbaijan Republic. According to Tasnim News Agency, Iran has made great efforts in recent months to replace Turkey in the […]

Saudi Firm to Maintain Iran Business

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia’s largest food producer Savola says it will maintain business in Iran, brushing off speculation that its stake might be sold in the wake of a diplomatic spat between the two countries, reports Iran’s PressTV. A senior Savola executive told Reuters the company “plans to maintain its investments there (in Iran) […]

Russia Signs Meat Deal with Iran

Russia will start supplying poultry and beef to Iran by mid-January, according to a report from Global Meat News. Following a final inspection planned for 18th January, the Iranian Veterinary Organization is expected to approve supplies from Bryansk Broiler and Bryansk Meat Company. In return, Russia is expected to reduce or eliminate tariffs on certain […]

Bangladesh to set up Fertiliser Plant in Iran

The Bangladeshi government is reported to be in talks with Iran to set up a fertiliser plant in Iran. According to The Daily Star, either the state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) or a private company will be asked to set up the plant through a joint venture, which is expected to manufacture 700,000-1,000,000 tonnes […]

MoU With Netherlands on Ornamental Plants

A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in research projects on flowers and ornamental plants has been signed between the Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research Center and Iran’s National Institute of Ornamental Plants. The agreement seeks to use Dutch expertise and technologies to boost Iran’s production and export of ornamental plants. IRNA reports that Iran’s National […]

Iranian NGOs win UN Equator Prize

Exciting news from the wetlands initiative in Iran: the Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGOs is to receive one of the 21 awards of the coveted United Nations’ Equator Prize. The award will be conferred on 7 December at the COP21 event in Paris. This is the first time an organization from Iran receives this prestigious […]

Iran, Armenia plan Joint Production of Crabs

Iran and Armenia are considering setting up a joint production facility for crabs in Armenia, for export to Eurasian Economic Union member countries. Armenian Minister of Agriculture Sergo Karapetyan made the announcement after a meeting with Iranian ambassador to Armenia, Seyed Kazem Sajjadi. According to a report from ARKA, he added that both countries have […]

Iran “Drying Out the Iraqi Kurdistan Region”

By John Lee. The head of Iraq‘s Parliamentary Committee for Municipality and Tourism has said that there is a grave threat to water resources in parts of Iraqi Kurdistan due to an Iranian policy that will dry up the Region’s water resources originating in Iran. After visiting the Sirwan River in Halabjah province, Omer Haji […]

French Firm to Invest €10m in Lorestan

France’s Aqualande Cooperative Group is to invest €10 million in fisheries industries in the western Iranian province of Lorestan. Company CEO Vincent Pitti described Lorestan as a province with great investment potential adding: “The region is truly convenient for investment in the production of eyed salmonid eggs. “The capital will be devoted to the creation of a […]

Iran Approaches Self-Sufficiency in Wheat

The Head of Iran’s Government Trading Corporation (GTC) said the country’s wheat production in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017) will exceed 10 million tons. Ali Qanbari told the Tasnim News Agency: “We will have no wheat imports next year and given satisfactory precipitations in the month of fall, we can approach the […]

Caviar Back on the Market as Sanctions Begin to Ease

Associated Press reports that an ambitious project on the shores of the Caspian Sea hopes to produce caviar, boosting Iran’s economy as sanctions ease. Iran sold more than 40 tons of sturgeon eggs in 2000, but xports fell to just 1 ton last year due to dwindling fish stocks and trade sanctions. “We hope that […]

Hope Rises for Karoun River

Karoun River is situated in west of Iran and it is 950 km long. An expert team from Geneva Canton Water Department recently visited Karun River in Khuzestan to closely view the current situation of the watershed and assess possible cooperation with UNDP and Khuzestan Water and Power Department on renaturation of this important river. […]

Fruit Import Ban Still in Effect

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture for horticultural affairs, Mohammad Ali Tahmasbi, has confirmed that the ban on fruit imports is still in place, and has called on executive bodies to take action against illegal fruit imports. The Minister went on to say: “Illegal imports not only increase the risk of plant pests and diseases, they […]

Grain Traders Eye Business in Iran

Food wasn’t subject to the sanctions imposed on Iraq, but according to a report from Bloomberg the rules created enough difficulty to keep many grain suppliers out. While the biggest traders, such as Bunge and Cargill kept operating in the country, the end of sanctions is a chance to expand operations. German firm BayWa sent […]

Iran Demands Rights to Helmand Water

“One of our main demands in our negotiations with Afghanistan is Iran’s right to the Helmand water“, says Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pictured). Following the 1857 separation of Afghanistan from mainland Iran, the then Afghan government refused to allow the Iranian side to enjoy its water right from the Helmand river. Helmand water rights […]

Winners and Losers if Sanctions Lifted

By John Lee. An analysis by Fortune magazine lists the expected winners and losers from a lifting of sanctions on Iran. Winners EU automakers: Companies such as Germany’s Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot and Renault of France, are identified as being well positioned to take advantage of Iran’s large market. Oil services companies: Iran says it needs […]