Economy, Domestic Economy

Dairy Exports Remain Lackluster

Dairy Exports Remain LacklusterDairy Exports Remain Lackluster

Despite vast potential in dairy production, the country has been unable to secure export markets, according to veteran dairy producer Bozorgmehr Dadgar.

Noting that Iranian dairy products only have Iraq and a handful of Central Asian countries as export destinations, Dadgar added that none of the domestic dairy companies have managed to have a sustained presence in the lucrative Russian market due to inter-country differences in import regulations and high  transport costs, ILNA reported.

His comments come as representatives of the Agriculture Commission of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture held a meeting with the head of Iran Veterinary Organization Mehdi Khalaj on Saturday to discuss ways to enhance dairy exports to the large Russian market.

Last month deputy agriculture minister Hassan Rokni announced that the government plans to provide dairy exporters incentives worth 2,000 billion rials ( $56 million).

“Close to 1,500 billion rials ($42 million) of the total incentives will be allocated to active dairy exporters and the rest will go to the Central Organization of Rural Cooperatives to purchase surplus milk production from farmers. That milk will be  converted into milk powder for exports,” he noted.

According to Rokni, about 600,000 tons of dairy products were exported to 30 countries in the last fiscal year that ended in March.