Achim Irimescu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has received on May 12, 2016 the visit of the Ambassador of Iran in Bucharest, Hamid Moayyer.
Iran's ambassador gave a brief description of his country, highlighting the strengths - a very wide range of export of agricultural products - saffron, figs, cherries, apricots, nuts etc.With a strong industry in petrochemical, textile and construction materials, but also with important deposits of oil and natural gas, Iran's ambassador showed interest in expanding the cooperation with Romania. He said that there is interest in sharing experiences on irrigation, harvesting technologies, cooperation in science, biotechnologies and nanotechnologies as well as in terms of marketing of agricultural products. The Ambassador also pointed out that there are investors interested in developing businesses in agriculture in Romania, given the orientation of agricultural activities offshore Iran.
In turn, Minister Achim Irimescu explained that studying the export figures that Romania has with Iran, one can observ a reduced amount of it - for the first nine months of 2015 they totaled 1.57 million euro. Therefore, the Minister has reinforced the idea that it is needed to develop the trade of agricultural products. Given that from Iran there is interest in meat from cattle and sheep from Romania, the Minister suggested to the ambasador to identify a few products that would be of interest to his country and then consult with specialists from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to find concrete solutions to boost trade.
At the end of the meeting, Minister Achim Irimescu was invited on a visit to Iran in June-July 2016.