0954 GMT June 25, 2022
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Raeisi highlighted the significance of ensuring food security and achieving self-sufficiency in the production of basic and strategic commodities.
“The Agriculture Ministry should make plans in cooperation with other institutions, including scientific and knowledge-based centers, to make the country self-sufficient in the production of basic goods in the shortest time possible, so that we’d not need (imports from) other countries anymore,” the president added.
The comments came days after the government approved major price hikes for four essential food items – dairy products, chicken, egg and cooking oil – as part of a plan to liberalize prices by removing subsidies given to importers and suppliers and redirecting them to the households.
A Thursday announcement by Iran’s Headquarters for Market Regulation raised the prices of dairy products, chicken, egg and cooking oil.
According to an announcement by Iran’s Headquarters for Market Regulation, the price of a 1-liter bottle of low-fat milk rose by more than 50% to 180,000 rials ($0.6) while chicken and egg prices per kilogram nearly doubled to 598,000 rials and 398,000 rials, respectively. Cooking oil price rose nearly four-fold to 630,000 rials ($2.06) for a bottle of 810 grams.
The government also deposited around 400 trillion rials ($1.5 billion) worth of cash subsidies to accounts held by more than 23.6 million households in Iran.
The payments were made under a plan to stop subsidizing essential food items and to combat trafficking and corruption in supply chains.
Authorities defended the plan as necessary in light of problems in the global supply of food and grain that has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine.