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IRAN'S AGRICULTURE minister has warned of a difficult year ahead after a drought that is expected to destroy up to 2.5 million tonnes of wheat. Issa Kalantari said other crops such as cotton, maize and hay, as well as the production of sugar and meat would suffer.

"As far as water is concerned, Iran is going through a crisis this year. The volume of water behind dams is less than 40 to 50 percent of their capacity," he said.