Monday, August 02, 2004

Agricultural Sector Prepared for Iran’s Accession to WTO

Description of Selected News: "Agricultural Sector Prepared for Iran’s Accession to WTO

Tehran Times Agriculture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Agriculture Jihad Minister Mahmud Hojjati said here on Monday that Iran’s agricultural sector is prepared for Iran’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Hojjati told IRNA that preliminary research shows that the agricultural sector will not be significantly disrupted if Iran joins the WTO.

Based on the agreement of the agriculture jihad and commerce ministries, tariffs will be imposed on most imports of agricultural products during the current Iranian calendar year (began March 21, 2004).

In line with Iran’s Third Five-Year Development Plan (2000-2005), the Agriculture Jihad Ministry and the Commerce Ministry are making efforts to eliminate the all non-technical problems in agricultural sector trade.

Hojjati noted that the illegal importation of products such as tea, sugar, and rice by smugglers is one of the major problems of Iran’s agricultural sector.

For the past eight years ago, the United States has opposed Iran’s request to join the WTO."

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