HAMBURG- Iranian state-owned animal feed importer SLAL has issued international tenders to purchase up to 60,000 tonnes of animal feed barley, 60,000 tonnes of feed corn and 60,000 tonnes of soymeal, European traders said on Tuesday.

The deadline for submission of price offers in the tender is Wednesday, Jan. 26, they said.

Shipment for all the grains and soymeal was sought in February and March.

Iran needs to import million tonnes of grain after its crop was damaged by the worst drought in 50 years last summer, Reuters reported in October. But western sanctions on Iran continue to make payment difficult, traders say. 

Another Iranian state agency, the Government Trading Corporation (GTC), has been purchasing wheat heavily in the last two months. 

Neighbouring Turkey, which also suffered drought damage to its crops, has also been purchasing wheat and barley recently in global markets. 

(Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Jason Neely) ((; +49 172 671 36 54; Reuters Messaging: