TEHRAN – Iran and Vietnam called for cooperation in agriculture and fishery sectors as Iran is mulling to import rice from Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong yesterday in Tehran met Iran’s Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati and discussed ways of cooperation.
During the meeting both sides called for cooperation in fishery and agriculture sectors. Hojjati said that Iran and Vietnam can boost their trade exchange by enhancing cooperation in agriculture and fishery fields.
He added that both countries have several potentials for cooperation. The minister said that re-exported agricultural products via Iran or Vietnam can help both countries to have access to different markets. He reiterated that agreements on hygienic and livestock fields are necessary for cooperation on agriculture cooperation.
He added that Iran has the best quality shrimp and it can export it to Vietnam, adding that Iran has many high-quality agricultural and aquatic animal products for export. Hojjati also said that Iran needs 3m tons of rice annually as 800,000 tons are imported to the country and Vietnam can be one of the countries which can export rice to Iran. He called for a logical and two-way trade exchange.
Cuong, for his part, pointed to the agreement of presidents of both countries for enhancing trade deal, and agriculture and fishery can play great role in it.
He also pointed to the geographical situation of Vietnam and said both countries can cooperate in fishery sector as Vietnam is good at it.
He enumerated some agricultural products that Iran can import from Vietnam and officially invited Iranian traders and Iranian agriculture minister to have a visit to Vietnam by the yearend. Both parties called for forming a team for working on how both countries can expand cooperation.