Rural and agricultural cooperatives
of Iran and Turkey could enhance their trade transactions by the development of
corridors, said the deputy agriculture minister.
Hossein Shirzad, who is also the head of the Central
Organization for Rural Cooperatives of Iran (CORC) said in a meeting with
National Cooperative Union of Turkey (NCUT) that both sides could conduct trade
through their agent banks, corc.ir reported.
Talking on absolute advantages of Iran in saffron
production, the official explained that Iran saffron is an uncompetitive
product since it produces over 90 percent of global saffron.
Therefore, co-branding partnership on saffron, could not
only facilitate a lucrative business for both countries but also would help cut
the monopoly of saffron market of some countries that sell Iranian saffron by
illegal exporting and re-packing, he said.
Referring to the membership of CORC and NCUT in the
International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Shirzad said that Iran
agro-cooperatives are capable of supplying many agro-crops like cumin and
barberry needed by the industrial sector of Turkey.
From a logistical viewpoint, Iran could be the safe corridor
for transporting Turkey's product to the Middle Eastern countries, he said.