30% of farming crops organic in Iran
By Katayoon Dashti
January 13, 2013
Close to 30 percent of Iran’s agricultural products are natural and organic, said minister of agricultural jihad. Speaking at a joint session of Agricultural Jihad Ministry officials with members of Majlis Agriculture Commission on Saturday, Sadeq Khalilian said that products such as vegetables and summer crops are healthy by 97 percent, according to a ministry’s news release received by Iran Daily.
Based on the conducted studies, the country is in good conditions in dairy and protein products, he said.
“There are not impurities above permissible levels in production of milk and chicken meat.”
The minister emphasized on promoting the culture of production of organic crops among farmers, adding people should become acquainted more with advantages of organic products, purchase and consume them.
“The standard logo of organic crops has been approved and notified,” he said, “Any farming crop which has this label is entirely healthy.”
Speaking at the same gathering, the head of Majlis Agriculture Commission said, “Iran has global standards in terms of producting organic crops. We are in good position in this regard.”
“Mass media particularly IRIB should disseminate news regarding quality of food products and build confidence for the public use.” Abbas Rajaee added.
On the necessity of allocation of a portion of Agricultural Jihad Ministry’s credits to promoting the culture of producing and consuming organic products, he said “Assuring people on food health is of high importance.”
It is necessary to launch an accredited laboratory for issuing certificates for organic farming crops, he added. Also, Head of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Organization Jahangir Porhemmat said, “The Strategic Council of Supervision and Control of Quality of Agricultural Products has been launched at Agricultural Jihad Ministry. It has put in force compiling the administrative program for guaranteeing the health and quality of agricultural products.”
Aqareza Fotoohi, head of Plant Protection Organization, said, “Based on the plan, close to 25 percent of agricultural crops should be under the coverage of integrated management.”