Aug 6, 2017, 8:26 AM
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Iran ready for agricultural cooperation with Gambia: Minister

Tehran, Aug 6, IRNA – Agriculture Jihad Minister Mahmoud Hojjati said that Iran is fully ready to cooperate with Gambia in the fields of research, education and agricultural machinery and deems it as its humane and Islamic duty.

In a meeting with Gambia Parliament Deputy Speaker Momodou Sanneh, he noted that Iran boasting of diverse climate, has successful experience in the field of producing all types of crops.

Describing Gambia as a rich country in terms of water resources, the minister said that in addition to enjoying enough water resources and fertile soil as well as suitable climate to raise tropical crops with high global demand, Gambia has the potential for aquatic farming.

Iran faces shortage of water, but it makes great attempts to produce food of 80 million Iranians independently, Hojjati said, recalling Iran’s self-sufficiency in producing wheat.

Sanneh, for his part, said that Gambia is a country with enough water and soil but it needs mechanization of agriculture and procuring fertilizers to boost production and maintain fertility of its soil.

Hailing Iran’s progress in agriculture in recent years, Gambian official hoped that the two countries’ agricultural cooperation would further improve in future.

The meeting between the Iranian minister and Gambian deputy speaker took place on the sidelines of President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration on August 5.