Iran plans to expand cultivation of strategic crops in the coming five years by increasing seed production, Hossein Shirzad, a deputy of Iranian Agriculture Minister, said on Sunday.
Shirzad noted that production of wheat seed is expected to increase by nearly a third every year until 2025, state TV reported.
The official, who heads the Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives of Iran, said production for some crop seeds, including barley and legumes, will almost double within the next five years.
He noted that Iran has launched a joint scheme with an American company to increase production for crop varieties, like corn hybrids.
Iran also seeks to increase output of oil seeds, including canola hybrid and soybean, he said.
The Iranian government says it will introduce more plans to help a growth in the agriculture sector.