Sep 12 2013
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Iran increases domestic wheat purchase price by some 31%
He went on to note that each kilogram of imported wheat costs about 8500 rials for administration, adding that, government intends to take advantage of available opportunities to increase domestic wheat production.
On July 5, Fars News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Agriculture Minister Jasem Saedi as saying that each kilogram of wheat costs over 8500 rials for farmers.
Iran's wheat imports decreased by 60 percent in the first four months of the current solar year (started in March 21). The country imported some 963,000 tons of wheat in the period.
Iran imported 6.5 million tons of wheat worth $2.5 billion during the last solar year.
The country plans to produce 12 million tons of wheat by the end of the current solar year (March 20, 2014), Deputy Agriculture Minister Nasser Tavakoli said on Tuesday.
"Iran also plans to provide 300,000 tons of wheat seed for next year," the ISNA News Agency quoted Tavakoli as saying.
Iran's former Industry Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said in July that the government has bought eight trillion rials (about $650 million) worth of wheat from domestic buyers since the beginning of the current Iranian solar year, the Tasnim News Agency.
Farmers sold 1.1 million tons of wheat to the government during the aforementioned period, up 16 per cent year on year.
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