0552 GMT October 28, 2021
IRICA spokesman Rouhollah Latifi said rice shipments arriving in the country in the first half of the current calendar year had risen by 33% compared to the same period last year to reach a total of 714,773 tons, Press TV reported.
Rice imports also increased by 24% in terms of value, year-on-year, during March-September, to reach over $607 million, said Latifi.
The increase comes despite a seasonal ban imposed on rice imports into Iran from July to November.
Prices of homegrown rice have been on the rise in Iran in recent weeks, prompting calls on the government to lift the four-month ban to help boost the supplies.
The price of high-quality rice grown in northern Iran has reached 570,000 rials ($2.07) for each kilogram of some top varieties.
That comes as rice imported from India, Pakistan and Thailand have much lower prices despite tariffs imposed on shipments and problems facing importers to settle payments with foreign suppliers.