EghtesadOnline: Operator of Wheat Self-Sufficiency Project Esmaiel Esfandiaripour says Iran has become self-sufficient in production of wheat this year (started on March 20).
'This year, we have produced wheat more than needed,' Esfandiaripour told IRNA on Sunday.
He said domestic need wheat had been estimated to be 13,500,000 tons but in this farming year, 14,590,000 tons such product was produced in the country.
He added that 11,500,000 tons out of the total wheat output were purchased from farmers.
He said self-sufficiency in production of essential agro products like wheat is emphasized by the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
He added that the EU states, Canada, the US, Australia, and Argentine hold a share of 80 percent or 150 million tons of world wheat market and it will not be logical for the country to remain dependent on the country in terms of wheat.