The financial Tribune reported on July 26 that officials from the General Administration of Customs of Iran said that there would be no seasonal ban on rice imports this year. In the past, the Iranian government issued a ban on the import of rice every year during the rice harvest season. The ban usually began in August and lasted until November to support local farmers and domestic production. The official explained that the measure was taken after the rise in rice prices in the domestic market. According to the data of the Iranian Statistics Center, the average price of first-class rice in Iran increased by 126.8%compared with the same period last year in the month ended May 21, and the price was about US $2.5 a kilogram. Iran’s current annual rice consumption is about 3million tons, 70%of which is supplied through domestic production.