According to the Head of Agricultural Jihad Organization of Mazandaran Province, Mr. Delavar Heydarpour,Iran’s rice production is estimated to increase by 10-15% in the current Iranian year (that startsfrom March 21), because of favorable weather condition and timely distribution of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, machinery and equipment among local farmers. Because of the timely government’s help, close to 1.28 million tons of rice husk (or hall) was produced in Iran last year. “We expect the figure to rise by 3-9% this year and stand between 1.35-1.40 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT),” Mr. Delavar quoted.
Mr. Ali Akbarian, Deputy Head of Iran Rice Union, said 2.3-2.35 million tons of rice is expected to be produced in Iran’s Northern provinces alone. The two Northern Provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran are home to a majority of Iran’s paddy fields because of abundant rainfall in the region. There is still some imbalance between the production and consumption of rice as Iranians consume 3.2 MMT of rice a year, which is more than they produce and thus there is a need to import the crop. But the government bans rice imports during the harvest season to support the local farmers. Import tariffs have been increased from 22 percent from four years ago to 40 percent at present for the same reason. The last year’s rice production stood at 2.25 MMT.