Posted by: Lister | August 26, 2008

Iran imports wheat from USA?

Drought has hit crop production in Iran, meaning that they have to import quite a few million tons of wheat.

AFP says they bought from America:

Wracked by drought, Iran has turned to the United States for wheat for the first time in 27 years, marking a setback for Tehran’s search for agricultural self-sufficiency.

According to a recent US Department of Agriculture report, Iran has bought about 1.18 million tonnes of US hard wheat since the beginning of the 2008-2009 crop season in June.

The number, which has been growing steadily all summer, already represents nearly 5.0 percent of US annual exports forecast by the USDA.

The last time Iran imported US wheat was in 1981-1982.

Apparently, US wheat is the most convenient for Iran if they wanted to buy at this time of year.

The Tehran Times says that Iran denies buying from America, but to have bought from Canada/Europe instead.

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