Iran’s annual dairy output to hit 10mn tons

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TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) – Deputy Iranian agriculture minister estimated that the country’s dairy production will exceed ten million tons in the present Iranian calendar year (to end March 21, 2018).

Addressing the third edition of Iran's international exhibition of livestock, poultry and aqua feed dubbed as ‘Iran International Feed Expo 2017’, Deputy Agriculture Minister for Livestock Production Hassan Rokni said over 650 feedstuff production units exited inside the country who yielded approximately 8.5 million tons of feed.

“Iranian feedstuff production units enjoy the capacity to produce 18 to 19 million tons of products of which only 10 million tons are realized,” stressed the official calling for taking advantage of the dormant potential.

Rokni underlined that the value of Iran's livestock and poultry feed export had risen from 26,000 dollars in 2011 to 75 thousand dollars today though neither figure proves satisfactory and Iran needs to make a more prominent presence in global markets.

“As regards food security, both issues of quality and quantity are at stake and need to be taken into account by feedstuff factories,” the official continued.

Iran’s deputy agriculture minister said various foreign delegation have visited the country following JCPOA implementation as evidenced by good relations formed in the post-sanction era; “over 2.2 million tons of chicken is being produced annually and estimations indicate that 200,000 tons of the product as well as 200 thousand eggs be exported to foreign countries.”

The official later conjectured that dairy output will exceed 10 million tons in the present year adding “exports of dairy products have followed a satisfactory trend in the first quarter of the ongoing year (began March 21) as 404,000 tons of these products have been deployed to international markets as well as that over 20 types of dairy products were shipped to 30 world countries.”

“More than one million tons of dairy products are expected to be exported in the current year,” he maintained.

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