1217 GMT October 28, 2020
In this meeting, Khavazi expressed Iran’s readiness to expand cooperation with Azerbaijan in scientific fields as well as the fields of greenhouse crop development, introducing various cultivars, especially rice and cotton, embryo transfer and genetic material, especially cattle and buffalo embryos, breeding measures in the field of cereals, and sericulture, according to Mehr News Agency.
Karimov for his part hailed the strategic relations of Iran and Azerbaijan in terms of having common borders and noted that agriculture is one of the fields in the two countries’ strategic relations.
He said, “I hope that in the near future Iranian companies and Iranian production equipment enter the Azerbaijani markets.”
According to Karimov, agricultural products like fruits and vegetables are the most traded products of the two countries.
Iran has seen major growth in its agricultural sector as output has increased by more than 28 percent in the six years, ending March 2020.
Khavazi said in August that the total output of agricultural products had topped 125 million tons at the end of the last Iranian year, ending March 2020.
Khavazi said that output would further grow by five million tons by March 2021, and by another two million tons when the current administrative government leaves office in August next year.
The minister said the production of major staples like wheat and rice had significantly increased over the past few years, adding that annual wheat production stood at 13.7 million tons in March this year, up 47 percent from March 2014.