TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy
Minister of Agriculture-Jihad Hossein Shirzad underlined the country’s ability
to regulate the crops market.
Providing a performance report of the Central Organization
of the Rural Cooperatives of Iran, Shirzad, who is the CEO of the CORC,
explained the impressive performance of his organization in regulating the
crops market, including saffron and tomato.
"In the last crop year (March-September, 2019), the
CORC has purchased a huge volume of tomato. This was one of the market services
that the CORC had provided growers as a part of the supporting strategy,"
He also added that lack of an appropriate national
cultivation pattern had misled many farmers to enlarge the tomato farms.
However, the CORC by adopting appropriate supporting strategy had succeeded to
control the price deflation.
Meanwhile, the deputy minister highlights the policies of
the CORC to support saffron farmers, explaining that hence the majority of Iran
saffron is cultivated by the small scale farmers, taking supportive measures to
protect farmers against saffron price fall was necessary.
Moreover, Shirzad announced that the CORC has managed to
increase the rate of the agreed purchasing rate by 78% in the above-mentioned
time by adopting new policies and implementing innovation plans on regulating
the market of the agricultural staple goods.
"Through adopting an appropriate national policy, the
CORC afforded to regulate the crop market by selling them in the Iran
Mercantile Exchange (IME). This has sustained the livelihood of thousands of
farmers accompanied a huge income for agro –cooperatives," the official