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Iran allocates $22 billion for importing basic goods

Source: Mehr News Agency

The deputy industries, mines, and commerce minister says 22 billion dollars have been allocated for importing basic goods including rice, cooking oil, sugar, and meat.

"22 billion dollars will be given to the ministry by the government to provide basic goods for the year 1391 (which started on March 20)," Mohammad Ali Ziqami told the Mehr News Agency on Monday.

He said the ministry's need to for providing basic goods in 1390 was about 20 billion dollars which has been increased to 22 billion dollars in the current year.

Food prices have jumped in the recent months. The government says the rise in prices is not related to the subsidy reform plan and attributes it to a hike in food prices in the global markets.

Banana is being sold for about $2 per pound in Tehran

Ziqami said traders can import goods such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, wheat, barley, soybeans, and meat in which production at home cannot meet domestic consumption.

Related Story: Supreme Leader urges consuming domestic products
Source: Press TV

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged all Iranians to vigorously confront enemy economic plots by consuming indigenous products.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
(file photo)

Ayatollah Khamenei, who was speaking at a pharmaceutical factory near Tehran on the occasion of Worker's Week in Iran on Sunday, said the same strong will that has helped the Iranian nation overcome other enemy plots over the years will also see them through the economic conspiracies.

"The true realization of the country's various objectives such as political independence requires self-sufficiency and economic independence; economic independence is [in turn] contingent upon the formation of national production; and national production will be generated through 'true, collective and practical' respect for Iranian labor and Iranian investment," the Leader added.

Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khamenei said fighting economic corruption is necessary for boosting domestic production.

"Smuggling and abusing the nation's financial assets and resources in banks are instances of the economic disruptions," the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei has designated the new Iranian calendar year (started March 20) as that of National Production and Supporting Iranian Investment and Labor.

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