Economic activist says overseas farming in Russia can help Iran meet 10% of its agrifood needs

Head of Cross Country Agriculture Association of Iran Ali Rezvanizadeh says that “if we can cultivate one million hectares of agricultural lands in Russia, we can meet 10% of our import needs.”

8 January 2022
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Head of Cross Country Agriculture Association of Iran Ali Rezvanizadeh says that “if we can cultivate one million hectares of agricultural lands in Russia, we can meet 10% of our import needs.”

Combine harvester works the fields in southern Russias Krasnodar Territory. Photo: Sputnik

Head of Cross Country Agriculture Association of Iran Ali Rezvanizadeh says that “if we can cultivate one million hectares of agricultural lands in Russia, we can meet 10% of our import needs.”

Iran has targeted 20 countries for overseas farming, Rezvanizadeh said, adding that Russia has many advantages for expansion of Iran’s overseas farming plans as it is near Iran and the two countries have good political relations.  

He also said that Russia have fertile lands with huge water resources which provides a capacity for Iran to push ahead with its overseas farming plans.  

The economic activist touched upon Russia’s agricultural products, noting that barley, wheat, colza and beans are grown in the country.  

Referring to negotiations with Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Brazil, Rezvanizadeh said that “the private sector has taken the first steps and we are waiting to see the determination of the government.”

“The foreign sides have no problem for Iran’s activities and it is up to us to provide the necessary money for investment.”

“We have not made the necessary investment yet while investment is the main factor contributing to success in the field of overseas farming,” Rezvanizadeh said, adding that other countries, such as China, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Israel have entered this section with power.

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