According to some sources, the fact that the Iranian government did not support its farmers In recent months has forced them to sell their produce at low prices and at a loss.
Regarding this situation, Mojtaba Yousefi, a member of the Iranian parliament, said: “[…] today we have reached a level of self-sufficiency in the discussion of agricultural products, but due to mismanagement that is happening and lack of support for infrastructure that is not happening in this area, we are worried next year that farmers will not be able to produce next year.”
On social media, some growers spoke on the lack of support from the government and the loss of their crops: “Now the market is not in a good condition, now we have so many tomatoes, we do not have good sales at all. Unfortunately, we are not supported at all, I ask the organs and officials to think a little about the farmers.”
Tomato growers are still worried that their products will become animal feed, or they will be forced to sell it to brokers and government agencies at very low prices.
At the beginning of the year, the lack of government support for agricultural products caused a sharp drop in prices. So many farmers left their crops behind to feed the cattle, then some unsavoury government agencies stepped in and bought the farmers’ produce for free and sent it to the government or Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) cold stores.
The situation of onion farmers is not better than the situation of tomato farmers. The onion growers are also shouting about the injustice of the government and its lack of support.
Iranfocus.com reports that government institutions and brokers buy and store farmers‘ products at low prices, but with the onset of the season, they supply these products to the domestic market at exorbitant prices, exporting large quantities abroad and seizing windfall profits.