TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - 6 million tons of the amount has been last year’s stockpile (March 2016- March 2017) and the remaining belongs to this year (March 2017 –up to now), said Esmail Esfandiari, Director of Wheat Plan of Iranian Ministry of Agriculture.
He added that Iran does not need importing wheat this year, adding that this is the second time that the country has reached self-sufficiency in wheat production over last 4 years.
Last month, Iran said it exported its first consignment of wheat after a hiatus of multiple years – what is seen as a robust sign that shows the country has not only been able to support domestic needs but also move ahead with overseas sales.
The consignment of 35,000 tons of wheat was sent to Oman from Iran’s Bandar Imam Khomeini in Khouzestan province.
It was taken to the Persian Gulf sultanate by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL).
Ali-Akbar Ghanji, the spokesman of the IRISL, said that the achievement was in line with the materialization of the “economy of resistance” blueprint which Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has proposed. The plan calls for establishing a knowledge-based economy relying on domestic capacities and cutting dependence on oil revenues in order to protect the country against Western sanctions and stimulate growth.
Ghanji added that it was also a sign that Iran’s plans to attain self-sufficiency in production of wheat had already been materialized.
Moreover, Mohammad-Reza Mortazavi, the president of Food Industries Association of Iran had said that the move showed that the country had the capacity to export large volumes of wheat to Persian Gulf littoral states.
The sale, he added, could also be the start of Iran’s future exports to other consumer points.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the official added that Iran would be able to export at least 2 million tons of wheat by next April. This, he said, showed that the Islamic Republic already had no need for imports of wheat.
Iran’s wheat production has experienced a cycle of boom and bust. Largely self-sufficient in wheat a decade ago, the country had turned into one of the world’s biggest importers over the past few years.