Kyrgyzstan Plans to Beef Up Meat Exports to Iran

IRAN - Kyrgyzstan plans to export over 350 tons of meat to Iran in 2017.
calendar icon 1 March 2017
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This was announced by Altynbek Orozbekov, a director of the State Agency for Promotion of Investments and Exports under the Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan, during his trip to Tehran on 19-23 February, AKIpress reports.

“In 2016, Kyrgyzstan exported 150 tons of frozen meat to Iran,” he said.

In Tehran, Mr Orozbekov met with local companies to discuss further supplies of Kyrgyz meat to Iran, as well as logistical issues.

The implementation of investment projects in the field of construction in Kyrgyzstan was also discussed during the meetings.

On 13 February, Minister of Agriculture Nurbek Murashev said, “Iran has ordered 1,000 tons of meat from Kyrgyzstan, but Kyrgyzstan is unable to complete the order because we’re unable to provide this production volume.”

On Monday, New Zealand signed an agreement with Iran, which paved the way for the resumption of meat exports to the second-largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa region, New Zealand Herald reported.

The Iranian Veterinary Organization and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries agreed to an arrangement that provides the conditions for chilled and frozen sheep and beef exports to resume with Iran, according to a statement from New Zealand Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who witnessed the signing of the agreement in Tehran with his counterpart, Iranian Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati on Sunday.

According to the Association of Cattle Breeders, Iran’s total annual red meat production is 820,000-plus tons while consumption is about 880,000 tons. Yet some 100,000 tons of frozen red meat are imported, which is 40,000 tons in excess of domestic demand.

Source: Financial Tribune

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