Gas Stations, Kiwi & Dust Storms
Gas stations become private in Iran
Following the privatization plans in Iran, National Oil Company sells its gas stations to private sector. In the third auction by the Privatization Agency, 60 refueling stations in 13 provinces were put up for auction, out of which 39 were sold.
The base price for these 39 stations was 2000 billion IRR ($61.7m) and the selling price was 37% higher than the base price and close to 2750 billion IRR ($84.9m).
Gas stations are sold in a combination of upfront cash and installment.
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Kiwifruit: a cooperation bridge between Iran and New Zealand
World’s largest marketer of kiwifruit, Zespri, invests in Iran, announces Iran Ambassador to New Zealand, before the visit of the Minister of Agriculture of New Zealand to Tehran. Iran is one of the main fruit producers in the world. Kiwifruit production in Iran from March 2015-16 was more than 305 K tons. Zespri, an exporter to 54 countries, is seeking cooperation with the Iranian gardeners.
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Khuzestan covered by sand
Continues dust storms over the last few weeks have led to the closing of schools and businesses in Khuzestan. Power and water in a number of larger cities such as Ahwaz and Abadan have also been cut off.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Khodakaram Jalali, introduces 1.2 million hectares of desert in Khuzestan Province as the main domestic source of dust storms in this region. President Rohani orders immediate actions in desert-reduction projects, i.e. oasification. So far 1.5 billion USD credit line from the National Development Fund has been assigned to oasification of 550 thousand hectares of deserts in Khuzestan.
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