News ID: 317037
Published: 0411 GMT October 12, 2021

Tehran, Bern seeking to boost agro ties

Tehran, Bern seeking to boost agro ties

Iranian Agriculture Minister Javad Sadatinejad met with Switzerland’s Parliament speaker on Tuesday during which the two sides stressed the expansion of agricultural cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking at the meeting, Sadatinejad said Iran seeks to develop agricultural cooperation with Switzerland in the form of two investment projects in the north and south of the country, reported.

The minister pointed to two major investment projects in the north and south of the country, saying, “Each of these projects requires an investment of about two billion dollars, and we hope to achieve positive results [with Switzerland] in this regard.”

According to Sadatinejad, the project in the north of the country is in the field of rice production, and with the implementation of this project 1.2 million tons will be added to the country’s rice production.

The investment project in the south of the country is in Khuzestan Province, covering 250,000 hectares of land, aimed for boosting grain production.

“In our country, there are unique opportunities for cooperation with Switzerland, and we can have closer relations in the field of agriculture,” the minister stressed.

The official expressed hope that trade relations between the two countries would continue despite the obstacles, saying, “Over the past years, these interactions have existed in various fields like agricultural seeds, pesticide control, and despite sanctions, Switzerland has continued its services and trade transactions with Iran.”

He noted that the Agriculture Ministry has defined big projects across the country, adding that Iran could also have joint investment projects with Switzerland.

Pointing out that the two sides need money transfer channels to continue trade, the minister added that one of the platforms that can be used in this regard is the humanitarian channel that has been set up between Iran and Switzerland, but money transfer has not been done through it yet.

Further mentioning Iran’s export capacities, the official said that pistachios, saffron, and medicinal plants are among popular products that can be exported from Iran to Switzerland.



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