UN: Iran should become regional food supplier

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran could reduce its dependence on oil sales by serving a major supplier of food resources to the countries in its region, said Jamal Ahmad, the Iranian representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reported the IRNA new agency. 


Ahmad said that Iran could generate significant amounts of foreign income by exporting vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, fish, caviar and shrimps. Initially, its neighbors should be the primary target markets, but later on other countries could be come potential clients, he added. 


Ahmad noted that Iran is self-sufficient when it comes to the production of fruit and most meat products. Nonetheless, the country is still required to import items as wheat, sugar and cooking oil.  


But there is still work to be done, said the UN official. One area that needs improvement is storage. Reportedly 30 percent of Iran's agricultural products is spoiled before reaching the consumers. Ahmad that food security will be impossible in Iran while expert is neglected. 


Noting that Iran's population will reach 100 million within a few decades, at a time that arable land is limited, Ahmad said that the Iran government must make plans for conservation of natural resources. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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