Have you also heard that journalists are used to exaggerate news to sell them better? This is what many people say about them (us).
Indeed, we would like to present a fact which confirms this claim.
Ten days ago, the Head of Iranian Poultry Farmer Association, Mohammad-Ali Kamali, said: “While the Ministry of Trade and Industry reports that 4.1 million tons of corn as animal feed have been imported to the country, the Ministry of Agriculture says that we have not received anything more than 900 thousand tons of it.”
The national news went viral that about 3 million tons of animal feed has been lost and no-one knows where it has gone, and so on, so forth.
This week, the Vice Minister of Agriculture, Morteza Rezaei, told to ISNA (Iranian Student News Agency) that he confirms that the numbers from the two Ministries are different, but the missing feed is not about 3 million tons, and somewhat less.
It might well be anywhere about 2.9 million tons or less but it is of course not 3 million tons! Journalists’ exaggeration.
The Poultry Farmers Association also says that for imported corn as animal feed the government has assigned official exchange rate (the lowest one in Iran) which is 42,000 rial for one USD and has not changed since 2018.
But lately, each kilogram of corns for delivery to the farmers are priced at 30,000 rials, instead of previously 16,500 rials/kg.
Since no one from the Ministry has commented on this, we cannot blame journalists neither.
One billion USD has been the volume of trade between Iran and Italy, according to Ahmad Pourfallah, the President of Iran-Italy Chamber of Commerce.
“The balance is positive for the Iranian side”, says Mr Fallahpour. “We export more goods to Italy than buying Italian goods”.
Of course, because there ia a long list of banned goods for import in Iran prepared by the govrenment, it barely permits anything to come through. Lately, the list of banned goods has been updated and another 800 item is added to it. The current list contains 2500 goods.
The policy is supposed to prevent the outflow of foreign currencies from Iran.
But it’s not all bad news here. Never lose “Hope”! Specially if your household consumes very (but really very) little electricity. Such consumers will not pay bills anymore! Announces the President Rouhani.
And the plan, quite correctly, is called “Energy of Hope” (In Farsi it is electricity of hope, but we thought it is nicer this way and since the plan does not cover people like us, we really don’t care how it is called!)
The Ministry of Energy has estimated that this incentive will cover 8.4 million households, i.e. about 30 million people, who belong to the low-income families.
The threshold to fall in the category of low-consumption is 80 kilowatt-hours per month for off summer period. For the summer period, the threshold varies for regions with very warm weather to normal, from 400 to 100 kilowatt-hours respectively.