Dec 13, 2021, 10:05 AM
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Iran’s priorities in expansion of agricultural ties with EU

Tehran, IRNA – The managing director of Agricultural Jihad Ministry’s International Affairs Office referring to the ministry’s approach in healthy food provision for nation, listed Iran’s priorities in cooperation with the EU on Sunday.

Alimorad Sarfarazi in a meeting between the representatives of Agricultural Jihad Ministry’s affiliated organizations and visiting representatives of the European Union said that Iran and the EU have a good record of cooperation in the agricultural field in the past, which was decreased due to sanctions.


Expressing hope that such cooperation will begin once again, he said that joint projects halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also the ones in the Iranian Agricultural Ministry can be defined in the framework of the new joint projects.


He also said that his affiliated ministry’s main priority is ensuring healthy food provision security for the Iranian nation.


Four million and 300,000 Iranian farmers are working in Iran, and therefore, another priority for this ministry is designing and improving a national agricultural research plan, added Sarfarazi.


He said that Iran intends to take advantage of the EU experience to improve agricultural commerce in Iranian villages with emphasis on women’s employment.


EU’s 87m-euro budget for expansion of cooperation with Iran
Managing Director of EU International Cooperation II (Asia, Africa, Middle East & External Relations-RTD.F.2) Sara Rinaldi, too, expressing delight for attending the meeting, said that a strategic seven-year cooperation document aimed at expanding the Iran-EU cooperation has been devised and the EU has allocated a 78-million-euro budget to the purpose.


This session and the ones in the future will provide opportunities for the EU to get familiarized with the priorities and development needs of the Iranian Agricultural Jihad Ministry and to include those priorities in the comprehensive cooperation document, she added.


Referring to the top priority of the Iranian Agriculture Ministry, provision of healthy food for the Iranian nation, the EU official said that the EU’s strategy, too, is adopting organic methods in improvement of agricultural activities.


Rinaldi said that the EU is also ready to assist the Iranian farmers in marketing of their agricultural products, standardizing them, provision of organic products, and establishment of sustainable development projects in the production chain of agriculture, all in the framework of a new round of Iran-EU cooperation.

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