Iran to buy Philippine agri products, eyes barter trade
NORTH COTABATO – Iran is seeking to buy huge quantities of agricultural products from the Philippines and also offers to provide the country synthetic rubber supply in exchange for natural rubber, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.
Piñol said he was informed by Ambassador Mohammad Tanhael that Iran would like to buy more bananas, pineapple and abaca. Iran is currently getting its abaca supply from another third world country which buys it from the Philippines.
“We need a huge volume of Abaca for tea bags, security papers and bank notes,” Piñol, quoted Tanhael, as telling him.
Tanhael said Iran also would like to import mangos while also offering apples and nuts in exchange, according to Piñol, who said the diplomat visited his office recently.
“The Ambassador also said that Iran would be willing to provide the Philippines with synthetic rubber supply in exchange for its natural rubber in view of the country's plan to establish its first Filipino- owned tire factory. To realise these business engagements, the Department of Agriculture will be conducting an agricultural trade mission to Iran in May which I will head personally,” Piñol said.
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