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‘Brazil seeks to reach trade balance with Iran’

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SHIRAZ: Brazil’s minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias emphasized that she pursues trade balance with Iran in her trip to the Islamic Republic.

Addressing participants in a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture of Fars province on Thursday, the minister noted that the Latin American country wants to maintain exports to Iran and expand imports from the Islamic Republic in order to reach a trade balance in agricultural exchanges.
As to the goal of her visit to Iran, she said that Brazil is keen to enhance agricultural cooperation, because all countries should help supply qualitative and affordable foodstuff worldwide.
Given technological capacity and suitable lands for cultivation in Brazil, the country is ready to attract Iranian investors; so, the face-to-face negotiations can help reach consensus in this regard, she argued.
Referring to the fact that agriculture and animal husbandry are modern and developed in the Latin American country, the minister said that Brazil can assist other countries in terms of food security because of its advancement in this field.
She also mentioned statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), saying that demands for foodstuff will rise up to 60 percent; thus, food producing countries should develop and implement new methods of cultivation and harvest.
The minister pointed to the fact that trade between Iran and Brazil is being conducted via intermediary countries, adding that the bilateral businesses focus on products such corn, soybean and so on.
Brazil is importing urea chemical fertilizer from Iran, she said, expressing hop that the item will expand to fertilizer for products such as pistachio, almond and saffron. 
Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias heading a delegation comprising of 30 Brazilian merchants arrived in Fars province on Thursday; then, they will discuss facilitation of trade and economic ties with Iranian officials in Tehran.

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