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Iran 13th leading producer of wheat

Source: Press TV

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says Iran is the 13th producer of wheat in the world, with two ranks down from last year.

Wheat harvesting in Iran's Khouzestan province (file photo)

In its latest report titled, "The World Food Outlook", FAO forecasts Iran's wheat production would decline to 13 million tons this year from last year's 15 million tons because "below average rainfalls have hampered production and imports may rise to 2 million tons."

The projected 2 million-ton import of wheat is 1.8 million tons more than last year's imports. Iran's export of wheat in the last year stood at 400,000 tons and is expected to stop altogether this year, ISNA reported.

"This would represent the highest level of imports in five years, during which time the country remained largely self-sufficient in wheat," the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its report.

Iran was 11th among the world's leading producers of wheat last year, but with forecasts of lower output and increase in wheat production by Ukraine and Australia, Iran was moved to the 13th place.

Among the major producers of wheat, the European Union (EU) with 138.6 million tons and China with 107.6 million tons are set to be the top two producers of wheat this year.

See full FAO May 2008 report on Food Outlook: Wheat

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