Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan reject Iranian potatoes due to pesticide contamination

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have rejected large shipments of Iranian potatoes due to dangerous contamination with agricultural pesticides and chemicals. Heydar Sakenborji, the head of the Fruit and Vegetables Association of the city of Mashhad -Khorasan, Razavi province- stated that after the harvest, most agricultural produce should be quarantined for a specific period for pesticides to naturally become less harmful, but pesticides used in Iran stay longer on fruits and vegetables, making them toxic for humans.

"According to the investigations, pesticides used in these agricultural products are imported from China," Sakenborji said, speculating that these pesticides don’t have the required standards and quality. He also said that in about ten days Pakistan took over these Central Asian markets from Iranian fruits and vegetables.

Source: iranintl.com

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