Iran to set world record in rapeseed production

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TEHRAN, Sep. 05 (MNA) – Deputy Agriculture Minister Abbas Keshavarz, while noting that Iran will soon obtain sugar self-sufficiency, said the country’s rapeseed output will exceed the global record within three years.

The official sated that rate of water efficiency in Iran had grown by 25 per cent over the past four years as well as the volume of water consumption that had dropped by 20 to 25 percent in the agriculture sector.

Iran’s deputy agriculture minister reiterated that, in the coming three years, volume of the country’s rapeseed output will reach a record high level of five tons per hectares by exceeding global figures.

“Rate of self-sufficiency in production of oil seeds is expected to climb to 30 per cent in two years’ of time,” highlighted the official warning that excessive import would damage domestic production.

Keshavarz, while pointing to a miraculous success in production of sugar beet, emphasized that, with proper management of water, self-sufficiency would be close at hand.

He continued that, over an area of 104,000 hectares of beet last year, sugar production reached a historic level while the present year’s output level is estimated to mount to as high as 100,000 tons.

“Productivity per hectare has risen from 3.5 tons to more than 7.5 tons in the recent period,” he underscored.

At the end of his remarks, the official urged the government to tackle commercial problems in the sector as well as issues related to transportation costs.

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