Head of the Central Organization of Rural Cooperatives of Iran (CORC) Dr. Hossein Shirzad announced that in the current crop year (March to September) a total volume of 325,000 tons of tomato has been purchased by the CORC.
The Iranian agricultural official said that this was one of the market services his nation provided growers, including purchasing the production surplus as part of the plan to support tomato farmers.
He said over 235,000 tons of the said volume have been purchased based on the supportive price and the remaining has been bought based on the agreed prices. Highlighting his agency’s support for farmers, Shirzad underlined that the volume of the purchased tomato by the CORC was unprecedented in the last 60 years.
As regards the reason behind the policy, Shirzad noted that last year the tomato price has been drastically rebounded due to decreasing potato farms, and the issue misled many farmers to enlarge the tomato farms this year. The official told tasnimnews.com that the trend led to a surplus in production of the product in the current crop year.