Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, introduced knowledge-based agricultural as one of the grounds suitable for the realization of Resistive Economy and said, “The Islamic Iran, according to historical background in agriculture, taking advantage of the proficient experts and talented and capable youths, could be one of the powerful agricultural hubs in the region.”
According to Astan News, Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, visiting the Institute of Astan Quds Agro-Industrial Experimental Farm, among executives, experts and employees of the institutions, referring to the importance of the development of mechanized agriculture and modern horticulture in improving the quality of agricultural products asserted, “Methods of traditional agriculture to produce high quality and high-volume products would not meet the needs of the country today, thus, the use of science and technology, as well as doubled efforts and endeavor can turn the Islamic Republic of Iran into one of agro-industrial hubs in the region.”
Board member of the Assembly of Experts, introduced knowledge-based agriculture as one of the grounds for the realization of Resistive Economy and said, “The Islamic Iran, according to the suitable environmental background, proficient experts and talented and capable youths could turn into a powerful hub of agriculture in its region.”
“Undoubtedly, knowledge-based agriculture, possesses a special position in the development of agriculture, and precision in irrigation, pest control and proper plant nutrition are of cases in agriculture, which should be seriously taken into consideration” he added.
Development of Industrial Agriculture Is Achievable in Iran
“If agriculture in Iran, advances from traditional to industrial and knowledge-based agriculture is given serious attention, it definitely will strengthen agricultural production, and provides more jobs for agricultural graduates” he uttered, pointing to several thousand years of agriculture history in Iran.
“The industrialization of the country is time-consuming; however, agricultural development is a topic, which can be achieved much more easily, because the grounds are available in the country” Member of the Assembly of Experts enunciated.
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, introduced Astan Quds Razavi's policy, as noting the domestic production, knowledge-based economy and pursuing the principles of Resistive Economy, and stated, “Spending to build a better shopping center is more important or agricultural development? The two are not comparable in any way; today many people, who have shops in large shopping centers are university graduates, some of whom also experts in agricultural engineering.”
Astan Quds Pursues the Development of Knowledge-Based Production Centers in the Field of Economy
“The cost required to build a shopping center is much higher than the cost required to set up a center of agricultural production, and unfortunately, large sums to build shopping centers end up benefiting foreign brands” Grand Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi expressed.
“Many agriculture engineers, unfortunately, due to the lack of working conditions, work in shopping malls and stores to sell foreign products. By development of agriculture, we can provide conditions that individuals work in the related fields of business and areas of their specialty” he reiterated.
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, stressing that today there is no need for development and increase in the number of commercial centers in Mashhad said, “Construction of commercial centers to supply foreign products and brands, has nothing in common with Resistive Economy and the policy of Astan Quds Razavi in the field of economy is development of knowledge-based production centers.”
The Necessity to Develop Greenhouse Agriculture
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, while pointing the potential and existing infrastructure in Astan Quds Razavi Experimental Farm, made recommendations in order to expand greenhouse products to officials of the establishment and said, “Due to the dry climate of Khorasan, water shortage, and the need for high-quality agricultural products in different seasons of the year, the development of greenhouses and greenhouse productions must be followed. This helps increasing the quality of agricultural products, as well as creating new employment opportunities.”
“Although, thanks to favors of the Imam Reza (A.S.) and efforts of all the engineers and experts in the establishment, great measures and activities are considered, but much remains to achieve the ideal point, and it is necessary to quicken the development of greenhouses and modern and dense gardens in here” he commented, emphasizing that the Astan Quds Experimental Farm has the capability to become the hub of scientific and industrial agriculture in the country.
Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, at the end, announced the dedication of a portion of all proceeds from Astan Quds Razavi Experimental Farm for the development of Razavieh deprived district of Mashhad and said, “We intend to allocate a portion of each region’s endowments income to the development of the same region, and on this basis, a portion of Astan Quds Razavi Experimental Farm income will be allocated for the development of Razavieh district, which is preferable to use it for the development of greenhouse agriculture and job creation for the youths of the area.”
It should be noted, during the visit of Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Raeisi, to the complexes of greenhouses and dense gardens, which was done by the accompany of a number of Board of Directors members, and the CEO of the Agro- Industrial Experimental Farm of Astan Quds Razavi, the respective managers and experts made comments in relation to the taken measures and achievements of each of the sections.