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Official Underlines Iran's Self-Reliance in Agricultural Industry.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has earned a near complete self-reliance in agricultural industry, an official said, stressing inefficiency of the US sanctions.

"The sanctions have failed to damage the agricultural field and our farmers work more efficiently than before," Head of the Center for Mechanization of Iran's Agriculture Kambiz Abbasi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

He added that Iran's self-reliance in agriculture has increased to 95%.

"At present, mechanization plays a 35-percent role in boosting production of agricultural products and it has increased to 80% in some products, including rice," Abbasi said.

Thanks to its rich soil and water resources, Iran is able to produce most of its needs to agricultural food.

Also, Iran joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1953. FAO office reopened in Tehran in 1992 after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to help the country improve the quality of its products.

The major thrust of FAO's technical assistance to Iran has been in the areas of capacity building, policy and strategy development, crop production, livestock and animal health, fisheries and forest management, and, emergency and rehabilitation programs, as reported by FAO official website.

In a relevant development on Tuesday, FAO officials and Iran's Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on watershed management.

Iran and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will sign a memorandum of understanding on watershed management by the end of this year.

According to Khalil Aghaee, Deputy Minister and Head of Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), on the sidelines of a meeting with new FAO Representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran Gerold Boedeker, the memorandum will be signed to enhance cooperation between Iran and FAO on risk management, special planning, and the effectiveness of activities relating to watershed management in Iran.

Aghaee added that the FAO office in Iran had agreed to provide financial and administrative support for this understanding.

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