An official of the
Agriculture-Jihad Ministry informed that by approval of the Cabinet of
Ministers, the Central Organization of the Rural Cooperatives (CORC) is going
to launch the initial chambers of the agricultural guild by the next six months
Hossein Shirzad, who is also the chairman of
the Board of the CORC, said the development of the chambers of the agricultural
guilds will facilitate not only the legal affairs for the farmers but also
boost the production, as well.
Referring to the identification and coding of more than 108 agricultural
professions, based on the international standards, he confirmed that exemption
of the CORC from the Act of Privatization could assume a revitalizing period
accompanied by restructuring for this organization.
"Boosting the capital raising of CORC, marketing the crops in the Iran
Mercantile Exchange (IME) for the first time including (Estameran date, tomato
paste, milk powder, and saffron) as well as the deflation control of tomato
during the overproduction period are of the most economic achievements of CORC
in the agro- marketing field", shirzad added.
Noting that the majority of the tomato has been processed, packed in bulk and
sold through the IME, Shirzad went on the remaining aseptic packs of tomato
paste will be sold in from 20th of Feb to 19th March, with a more confident
Capturing the emerging markets of saffron by purchasing more than 70 tons of
saffron by CORC has protected small scale farmers against price fluctuation.
Meanwhile, by the meticulous monitoring of the credit units nationwide, CORC
has succeeded to close more than 1200 failed ones, Shirzad implied, adding that
currently there are only 14 credit cooperatives throughout the country.
"Modifying the Statute of the Iranian Rural Cooperative Fund and changing
of its Board's members, employing the young and educated managers for the Human
Resource Development (HRD) of the national unions, agreed-purchasing of more than
17 crops and regulating the horticultural markets (oranges and apples) for the
Persian Iranian New Year, Norooz, (Started from the March, 20th) are the master
projects of the CORC that has been successfully implemented", the Official
Reminding the strength points of Fars province, as a strong agricultural hub,
he called this province a significant district for the transaction of wheat and
tomato, furthermore, he continues I am going to implement significant project
in this province including coordination of the agreed purchasing of wheat,
citrus, dates and, and apple for the next year. Besides, Fars is going to be
designated as the regional hub for launching the first pilot plan for decision
making on the bankrupted cooperatives.
" Also, CORC is planning to buy a food processing factory located in the
industrial zone and vicinity of the farms for processing and packing of tomato
and the near future ", Shirzad said.