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No rice imports in 2008: Iranian minister

TEHRAN, June 11 (Mehr News Agency) - Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mohammadreza Eskandari vowed on Sunday that Iran will attain self-sufficiency in rice production in 2008.

Speaking at the open session of the Majlis (parliament), the minister added the rice cultivation stands second to wheat, and the government plans to cut imports of the product within the next two years.

To obtain self-sufficiency, the government attempts to increase rice production to 6.4 tons per hectare, the official added.

... Payvand News - 6/11/06 ... --

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