Iran envisages harvesting 13.5m tons of wheat in current crop year

TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) –Iran has envisaged producing at least 13.5 tons of wheat during the current crop year, which started in late September, said a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture.

Esmaeil Esfandiaripour, the official in charge of the "Wheat Project" – the government policy to purchase the crop from farmers at a guaranteed price – said Iranian farmers have cultivated wheat in 2 million hectares of irrigated and 3.85 million hectares of rain-fed land, and are expecting to harvest some 13.5 million tons of the product during this crop year.

A crop year is a period from one year's harvest to the next for an agricultural commodity. The crop year varies for each product. Crop year for wheat in Iran starts on Sep. 23, concurrent with water year.

Should the plan come into fruition, the country will remain self-sufficient in meeting domestic demand just like the past couple of years, he added.

The official put the country’s annual wheat demand in different industrial sectors at 13.2-13.5 million tons.

Pointing to the ‘promising precipitation rate’ during the past months, Esfandiaripour said, plans are high on the agenda to increase the country’s wheat production and boost the productivity in farms.

Data from Iran Water Resources Management Company, a subsidiary of the Energy Ministry, shows that since the beginning of the current water year (Sep. 23), the country has received 97.5 millimeters of precipitation. The figure indicates a significant 66.9% hike compared to the same time last year which saw 30.6 millimeters of rain.

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