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IRAN, TURKEY SIGN THREE MOU’S FOR AGRICULTURAL COOPERATION

Iran and Turkey signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), on Wednesday, in the fields of horticulture, beekeeping and veterinary affairs, Eghtesadonline news website, reported.

The MoUs were signed in a meeting held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, between Iran's Agriculture Minister, Mahmoud Hojjati, and his Turkish counterpart, Bekir Pakdemirli.

Turkey can also assist Iran in its projects to develop greenhouses, Pakdemirli said, in the meeting session.

"We hope you (Iranians) don't go anywhere else for help in this field," he was quoted as saying.

The area under greenhouse cultivation in Iran is currently more than 12,000 hectares. Over 70 percent of the area is dedicated to growing vegetables, according to the report.

Iran plans to increase the greenhouse cultivation area to more than 48,000 hectares by 2025, to produce 21 million tonnes of agricultural products annually.

The Iranian Agriculture Ministry also plans to transfer all vegetable farms to greenhouses within 10 years, to save 10 billion cubic metres of water per year. Currently, Iran is home to less than 0.3 percent of the world's greenhouses, according to Eghtesadonline.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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