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Iran Scrambles to Buy Grain Amid Pandemic Fears

Country desperately trying to shore up grain reserves amid fears food supplies are being devastated

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Iran is scrambling to buy millions of tonnes of wheat, corn and soybeans to shore up its reserves, Iranian officials and traders said, despite President Hassan Rouhani’s assertions that the coronavirus would not endanger food supplies to the Middle Eastern country worst hit by the pandemic, reports Reuters.

Iran’s bumper grain crops will guarantee citizens ample staple foods to the end of the Iranian year in March 2021 as the impact of the pandemic has not spread to farming, Rouhani told parliament in a televised address on the state of the coronavirus crisis on April 15.

But the previously unreported buying spree highlights concern in Tehran of a possible future supply crunch.

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