Iran without ‘food security’ – Iran news update
Iranian farmers live in an extremely difficult situation with their fields and farms not supported by the government which is unable to provide independent food security to the country and its people after 40 years.
In an article from the public website Shoare Sal published on May 20 and titled “ The government refused to buy part of the wheat at imported prices from domestic producers, quoting Mohamad Javad Askari, deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Agriculture, who was interviewed on “Salam Tehran” on State TV Channel 5, spoke of this problematic and worrying situation of the Iranian agricultural system and highlighted Iran’s lack of stable food security.
In this interview, this official said:
“The issue of food security is very important and crucial. If it is neglected and there is no plan for it, the damage will be long term and irreparable. The issue of food security is even more important than war. The agricultural capacity of our country is very valuable due to the different climates. But since there is no planning, this potential has not materialized. “
Referring to Iran’s lack of agricultural export power, he added, “We have been weak in the discussion of conversion industries and exports. While some countries want our agricultural products. Russia is one of the countries that wants these products; But in this regard, Turkey is ahead of us and exports agricultural products to Russia. By implementing the right policies and using agricultural potential, oil production can be interrupted. “
Regarding the recklessness of the government, he added: “As soon as I entered parliament, we planned and updated the old laws. We have had a hundred meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture to improve the situation. During these meetings, we opposed and proposed solutions, but nothing special happened. “
Regarding the misery of the farmers which is due to the different government priorities, well known to this regime, he added: “A farmer, who had a production capacity of 300 tons of wheat, has now turned to the committee. emergency help. . “
In response to Rahimi, to the question about the government’s purchase and price of wheat, which reflects the recklessness of the government, he said:
“For the purchase and price of wheat, we calculated the costs of the planting, conservation and harvest stages, which cost around 5,500 tomans per kilo of wheat for these three stages, and we announced it to the ministry. of Agriculture. The price of wheat was set at 8,000 tomans and announced to the government.
“Due to the recent drought, we suggested that the government buy 40 to 50 percent of the wheat from the farmer at the same price as it buys it abroad, in order to motivate the farmer, but they did not accept. “
Regarding the price of the hen and the eggs, he added: “A country that was a producer in this region and did not give permission for poultry farming and said it would lead to excess production is now in need. In fact, because it is not properly monitored by the responsible agencies, these things do happen. “
Finally attacking the regime’s foreign ministry for not doing its job, he said:
“The first objection goes back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Around the world, 70 to 80 percent of their time (in the Foreign Ministry) is spent on the economic affairs of their country. But in this government, the foreign ministry spent 80 percent of its time on political affairs and 20 percent on economic affairs, which was not even 2 percent successful.
The main concern of the regime’s foreign ministry is its terror and destructive activities on board, which this legislator calls “political affairs”.