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DATE : Sunday 2 October 2016 - 07:58
NEWS ID : 1475
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The Assembly’s Agricultural Committee Member in Interview with Caspian:

Imported Rice was not Supposed to Be Distributed up to 4 months after Harvesting Local Rice; We will Interpellate the Agriculture Minister

The Assembly’s Agricultural Committee member, stated that the agriculture minister must be held accountable for the rice import policies. If this problem continues, we will interpellate the agricultural minister, because either he doesn’t have knowledge of or doesn’t want to understand that local rice needs 4 months after harvest for marketing

Imported Rice was not Supposed to Be Distributed up to 4 months after Harvesting Local Rice; We will Interpellate the Agriculture Minister

Mohammad Sadegh Hassani, in interview with Caspian International News Agency said, “Unfortunately, we see that imported rice is being distributed all over the country, and it’s even on the news. I was shocked by this news.”

Stating that they were surprised by this action, he said, “The government had promised not to distribute any imported rice, up to 4 months after harvesting local rice.”

Hassani added, “I personally have questions about market regulation, and I hope there is a chance and the agriculture minister will respond to them in assembly.”

Stressing that he will stand against these policies, he said, “A farmer needs 3 months to sell his rice.”

He added, “maybe the minister and his assistants are not aware that in September rice enters the factories.”

The member of agriculture committee in the Assembly, stating that 2400000 tons of rice has been harvested, noted, “The government shouldn’t have imported rice until November. Either they are not aware, or they are doing this on purpose.”

Hassani, stated, “The agriculture minister must be held accountable for the rice import policies. If this problem continues, we will interpellate the agricultural minister, because either he doesn’t have knowledge of or doesn’t want to understand that local rice needs 4 months after harvest for marketing.”

(Translating by Negar Lotfi)


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