Large wind and solar farms in the Sahara would increase heat, rain, vegetation

Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat, humidity and other factors that may be beneficial -- or detrimental -- to the regions in which they are situated. A new climate-modeling study finds that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert and neighboring Sahel would increase local temperature, precipitation and vegetation. Overall, the researchers report, the effects would likely benefit the region.

Iran, Armenia sign MoU on manufacturing agricultural machinery

Mohsen Rahimi said that an Iranian company has inked a MoU with Armenia’s business development fund to jointly manufacture agricultural machinery in Armenia. The agreement was signed with Armenian deputy minister of Economic Development and Investments and deputy ministry of Agriculture in attendance, he added.

Iran Europe’s investment hub

According to a report by Monetary and Banking Research Institute in Tehran, Faryal Mostafa, the head of the TCCIM Investment and Consultancy Services  said: “despite the fact that Iran enjoys huge human and natural resources, it has not been able to attract enough foreign investment.”

Mostafa, who has an MS in Economics from the United Kingdom, added that Iran has faced problems in attracting foreign investment, especially after the Trump administration came to power, adding that Europe needs investment in Iran as it needs to diversify its investment destinations.

EU Delegation Due in Tehran

The delegation comprises 70 members including some officials from Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission as well as representatives of some renowned companies from different European countries, the official website of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) quoted Kaveh Zargaran, the chairman of TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries, as saying.

Iran, Indonesia to hold joint nanotech event

According to Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC), the nanotechnology event, organized with the formal agreement of two countries’ authorities, can pave the way for the development of bilateral relations between Iran and Indonesia.

In this one-day event held at the invitation of Indonesian Ministry of Industry, twelve Iranian companies involved in textile, building, agriculture, polymer, automotive, equipment and nanocoating industries will present their latest technological achievements do Indonesian industrial companies.

Iran exports $6mn of agricultural machinery in 3 months

Head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Mojtaba Khosrowtaj emphasized the important role of development in the country’s machinery industry stating “over 90% of the country’s demands in the sector are supplied by domestic companies as the country’s dependence on imports is lower than 10 per cent.”

The official said in the first three months of the present year, 38 million dollars of machinery products were exported to international markets six million dollars of which belonged to agricultural machinery.

Iran’s 2017 wheat output to exceed five-year average by 25%

 In its latest quarterly report, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) points to stability in Iran’s wheat production in 2017 and the possibility to reach a yield of 13.5 million tons

On the basis of FAO predictions for the second half of 2017, favorable weather conditions in Iran has maintained its position as a major regional producer of wheat following Turkey. As such, it is expected that Iran’s wheat output in 2017 crop year will remain equal to the 2016 figure of 13.5 million tons which is 25 percent larger than the average yield of the five past year.

Iran dispatches 1st wheat cargo to Oman

Seyed Mohammadreza Mortazavi made the announcement asserting “the measure indicates that Iran is capable of exporting large volumes of wheat to Persian Gulf littoral countries.”

“Given the held negotiations and the continuing trend in sales of Iranian wheat, the deal with Oman can mark beginning of future contracts with other world countries,” he continued.

Iran, Hungary stress expansion of agro cooperation

President of Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture Balázs Győrffy held a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Budapest Gholamali Rajabi Yazdi on Thursday where the two sides discussed the many existing capacities and opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture.

“Livestock and poultry are among the most important areas where there is the possibility of cooperation between Iran and Hungary,” Győrffy said, adding “furthermore, establishment of halal slaughterhouses in this country can also be another area for cooperation.”

ICCIMA, EU call for agriculture investment firms

Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Director General of Directorate-General (DG) for Agriculture and Rural Development in the European Commission, and Ahmad Sadeghian, Head of Agriculture Commission of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), held a joint session in Tehran.

At the meeting, both parties stressed the need to conduct joint venture in Central Asia in the field of grain and livestock inputs as well as to launch bilateral collaboration in production of food in view of neighboring markets.