TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Customs Department announced that the country has imported 3 million tons of grain within the last nine months of 2008.
By the end of December, 2008, Iran was supplied with 3.44 million tons of grain, worth $1.182 billion.
Within the last nine months of 2007, Iran purchased 160,000 tons of grain. The figure showed an 18 percent growth in comparison with the same nine months in 2008.
According to the Iranian Commerce Ministry, the country needs 12 million tons of grain this year, with 7 million to be purchased from domestic producers and 5 million from abroad - the remaining 2 million tons of grain will be bought within next two months.