Introduction of Iran National Chickpea Council
Kermanshah is one of the most important chickpea producers in the country and, according to the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad statistics, ranks first in terms of production of the product as well as its cultivation surface area. Therefore, in the year 2006, a union called Chickpea Exporters Union was formed in Kermanshah Province and during the past 6 years it was active as a provincial union. However, because of the strategic importance of this product, the necessity of a national institution for the protection of the production, processing, trade, and export of chickpea was obvious.
For this purpose, and after plenty of meetings such as the minutes of proceedings of general assembly of the founders and the board of directors dated 2012 - 07 - 17, the Iran Chickpea Council under no.337 dated 2012 - 11 - 11 was registered and established in Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, and it was headquartered in Kermanshah Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.
In the first meeting of the board of directors of the Iran National Chickpea Council dated 2012 - 07 - 17 in Kermanshah Chamber, with the presence of all members and signatories, the following decisions were adopted :
( Appointments )
Mr. Naser Moradi as the Chairman of the Council
Mr. Burhan Heidari as the Council's first Vice - President
Mr. Farzad Bavondpor as the second Vice - President of the Council,
Mr. Saman Heydari as the Inspector of the Council
Mr. Khalil Tanha as Treasurer of the Council
And Mr. Shahryar Bavondpor as Assistant Secretary of the Council.
Also, according to the approval dated 2012 - 08 - 26 of the board of directors of Iran Chamber, Mr. Keyvan Kashfi as representative of Iran Chamber is embedded in the board of directors of Iran National Chickpea Council. At present, this Council has about 70 members.
Duties and powers of the council under article 7 of the articles of association are as follows :
7 - 1 Attempting to organize domestic and foreign production and trade and consumption of chickpea and it products.
7 - 2 Global and domestic continuous marketing, identifying international markets, and informing about the global and domestic prices.
7 - 3 Teamwork in decision making and making decisions, and preparing the draft laws, regulations and legislation, related to the chickpea production and trades in order to maintain the financial interests of the members, to be presented to the three branches of government.
7 - 4 Establishing relationships with banks, credit organizations, domestic and overseas financial supports funds in the framework of the Islamic Republic's laws and paving the way to obtain financial credits and facilities fields towards development of the activities of its members.
7 - 5 Establishing an information bank in the fields related to the objectives and tasks of the council, domestic and overseas commercial and manufacturing activities of members, and publication of specialized books, magazines and brochures.
7 - 6 Activities towards absorption and participation of natural and legal persons who are eligible for membership in the Council.
7 - 7 Undertaking any educational, scientific and research activities within and outside the country within the framework of law to achieve the goals of the council.
7 - 8 Contribution to the realization of qualitative and quantitative objectives set for domestic and overseas production and trade of chickpea and its products.
7 - 9 Protecting common interests of the members.
7 - 10 Pursuing the demands of the members.
7 - 11 Providing advisory and legal services to the members.
7 - 12 Encouraging and supporting investment in domestic and overseas production and trade of its products.
7 - 13 Blocking unhealthy competition of members in domestic and foreign markets through applying the terms of Disciplinary Committee of Iran Chamber.
7 - 14 Monitoring the production process and improving the methods of cultivation, genetic modification, help fighting pests and quarantine affairs.
7 - 15 efforts to generate and nurture appropriate varieties for different regions of the country.
7 - 16 Attempting to reduce costs and the product’s cost price.
7 - 17 Identifying and introducing chickpea planting and harvesting machinery to facilitate current methods.
7 - 18 Trying to access global markets and to create the appropriate opportunities for coordination of the activities of the members.
7 - 19 Participation in the formulation of national and international standards
7 - 20 Attempting to resolve disputes between members and if required, through arbitration of Iran Arbitration Center.
7 - 21 Introducing the members to ministries and organizations to use the required services.
7 - 22 Providing the package and necessary mechanism to accept the government’s executive duties and assistance, that may be delegated to the council upon implementation of the general policy of article 44 of the Constitution.
7 - 23 Implementation of government’s executive tasks delegated to the council, including tasks such as representative or buying agent, etc.
7 - 24 Preparation of the council performance reports in 3 and 6 month intervals along with raising up executive problems and obstacles and submitting it to Iran Chamber.
7 - 25 Offering executive proposals to resolve the problems of production and trade and consumption and commodity group relevant to council’s activities, to institutions, ministries and other concerned bodies.
7 - 26 Holding training courses and conducting scientific, industrial and commercial research both inside and outside the country and holding specialized conferences.
7 - 27 Holding or attending exhibitions both inside and outside the country related to the functions and activities of the Council.
7 - 28 Attempting to attract domestic and overseas capital, technology, management, technical knowledge and skilled manpower for the development and promotion of activities of the Council.
7 - 29 Attempting to force the members towards sound implementation of economic regulations and respecting of the country’s commercial dignity, and the provisions of the articles of association and regulations of the council.
7 - 30 Communicating with reputable global scientific and academic centers for improvement of chickpea production and processing methods.
7 - 31 Establishing collaboration and coordination between producers and merchants and the owners of the chickpea - related industries and products derived from it.
7 - 32 Pursuing and planning in order to enable members take advantage of supportive policies and trade and commercial incentives.
7 - 33 Establishing relationships with policymakers and planners and trying to influence the planning and decisions and relevant rules and regulations to increase the benefits of contributing members and national interests.
7 - 34 Trying to provide insurance coverage for chickpea producers, industry owners, and traders against potential losses.
7 - 35 The necessary planning in order to create healthy competition for the price and quality of this products and byproducts.
7 - 36 Holding workshops to enhance the technical knowledge of producers, merchants and industry owners of the processing and packaging industries.
7 - 37 Providing the possibility of transfer of scientific and technical information and experience from overseas in the areas of processing, sorting and packaging.
7 - 38 Planning in order to increase the degree of chickpea mechanization with devices such as cultivating, picking and packing machinery.
7 - 39 Trying to hold national and international conferences in order to benefit from the opinions and convey the findings and support strategic research.
7 - 40 The formation of a fund to support production and trade as well as scientific activity in the field of chickpea.
7 - 41 Trying to introduce the National Chickpea Council to relevant international organizations and councils, and to make them recognize this entity as Iran’s official chickpea authority in the private sector.
7 - 42 Issuances of health and standard certification, for manufactured and exports products through competent and reputable laboratories, on behalf of concerned ministries and agencies in case of entrusting the authority.
7 - 43 Signing memorandum of understanding and entering into cooperation contracts with ministries and agencies and organizations and related to the objectives and functions of the council.
The introduction of the Union of Producers and Exporters of Live Cattle in Kermanshah Province
Kermanshah Province, thanks to its suitable climate conditions, breeds the best cattle in the country and according to research and climatic studies, it is one of the most appropriate provinces for animal husbandry, and Kermanshah cattle is a famous brand across the entire country.
The Livestock Union: To produce more livestock and to upgrade the level of animal husbandry in the province as well as the export prospects of this precious product, the Livestock Union was established in 2006 to produce more livestock and its members have taken positive steps towards exports of livestock to the neighboring countries, targeted exports and improving the quality of livestock services provided for members, continuous marketing, teamwork, establishing the country’s credit through banks and providing financial facilities for members, establishing an information bank, practical activities, consultation services, encouraging and supporting the investors in this regard, prevention of unhealthy competition, access to the global market, launching educational courses for members, and attending domestic and foreign exhibitions are some of the major activities of this union, and in line with this, it has successfully achieved some of its desired goals.
The Union of Producers and Exporters of Live Cattle of Kermanshah Province,
Pursuant to paragraph ( k ) of article 5 of the Iran Chamber of Commerce & Industries and Mines law and relevant executive bylaws, and according to 2006 - 11 - 27 of the general meeting of founders of The Union of Exporters of Live Cattle of Kermanshah, the minutes of proceedings dated 2006 - 11 - 27 of the board of directors of the said Union, The Union of Exporters of Kermanshah was established and registered under no. 216 dated 2007 - 04 - 23 in the agricultural and Industries, Mines & Agriculture Chamber of Commerce.
The union was established in 2007 with membership of over 50 traders and exporters established of livestock in Kermanshah Province and doubles as livestock export terminal on the Westside of the country. Between the years 2007 to mid - 2009 on the average, every year three hundred and fifty thousand pieces of live cattle, including goats and sheep, has been exported to the Persian Gulf countries, and this export is 80% of the total country's livestock export.
The export of province’s livestock, in addition to gaining very positive points for the province, has been a great institution with early returns that has managed to enroll more than two thousand individuals directly or indirectly without any financial help from the government. The Squirrel Cattle enjoys a global brand in the Gulf countries and this brand and trade mark has been introduced by this union,
Moreover, this union, in addition to the exports of The Squirrel Cattle strain, often collects livestock from other provinces collect and after all health and quarantine requirements exports them to the countries of destination. Regarding the export of meat and packaging and its products, we can make the optimum use of domestic slaughter. Therefore, based on the importance of the non - oil exports and surplus figures of cattle in the province annually 200 thousand from competent authorities, is a great and viable advantage and the province must seize the opportunity and through exports, generate foreign exchange for the province.
Meanwhile, in the first presidential trip to Kermanshah Province, the province was introduced as the country's livestock exports terminal and the project of the said terminal is a future plan to be pursued by this union.
The objectives of the union
The objectives of Union are as follows :
1 - Attempting to organize exports and improve the quality of services provided to the members.
2 - Continuous marketing with acquiring information relating to supply and demand, price, consumer markets, and production for supplying it to members by taking advantage of the latest global approaches to achieve the lawful objectives of exports development.
3 - Teamwork in decision making and making decisions and preparing and setting up draft laws and legislations related to the export of goods and services in order to preserve national and members’ resources through coordination with the Iran Chamber.
4 - Establishing relationships with the country’s banks and credit organizations and international financial and monetary organizations, in the framework of the Islamic Republic's laws and providing substructure of financial facilities in order to develop the activities of the members.
5 - Creating an information bank in the fields related to the objectives and tasks of the union, export activities of the members, and information communication through creation of information networks and publication of specialized books, magazines and brochures.
6 - Activity towards absorption and participation of natural and legal persons eligible for membership in the union.
7 - To promote the reputation and dignity of the union members through organizing and establishing proper relationships between the member units.
8 - Undertaking any scientific, research activities within and outside the country in the framework of applicable laws to achieve the objectives of the union.
9 - Attempting to develop the exports of commodities or services that are within the scope of activities of the union.
10 - Helping the realization of the qualitative and quantitative objectives set for the export of goods or services that are within scope of activities of the union.
11 - Protecting common interests of the members.
12 - Offering advisory and legal services to members.
13 - Encouragement and support of investment in that part of the production field that leads to an increase in the export of goods or services.
14 - To avoid unhealthy competition of the members in the target markets through applying the terms of the Disciplinary Committee of Iran Chamber.
15 - Trying to increase access to global markets for exports commodities or services in the country and to create suitable opportunities for all members to enter these markets.
16 - Participation in formulation and implementation of the standards required for export of goods and services that are subject matter of trade union activities and to control them through the establishment of the inspection company.
17 - Coverage to resolve disputes between members and if required, through the arbitration of Iran Chamber Arbitration Center.
18 - Introducing the members to ministries or various organizations to apply for the needed services and facilities.
19 - Implementation of those executive tasks related to the export originated by the ministries and economic organizations that have been delegated to the union.
20 - To prepare reports once every 6 months about the performance of the union and its assessment, issues, and problems; associated with the proposed executive solutions to fix the problems and submitting the said report to Iran Chamber.
21 - Offering executive proposals to resolve the export problems of commodity or services groups related to the activities of the union, to relevant institutions and ministries and sending copies of it to Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Mines for information.
22 - Holding training courses and conducting scientific, industrial and commercial research required by the members and holding specialized conference and roundtables as well as attending various domestic and overseas conferences and authoring and translation of scientific articles related to the union’s field of activities.
23 - Holding or attending domestic and overseas exhibitions related to the tasks of the union.
24 - Attempting to attract investment of foreign management technology, know - how and skilled manpower for the growth and improvement of the union’s field of activities.
25 - Forcing members to observe the proper implementation of the country’s trade regulations and the union’s regulations, and continuous cooperation with the with the Disciplinary Committee of Iran Chamber.
Membership in the union and its terms
All producers and exporters of live cattle, whether natural or legal persons, can join the union.
Provision 1 - Iranian natural and legal persons residing outside of the country.
Provision 2 - Foreign natural and legal persons residing in Iran can join the union by complying with related regulations, provided that their own countries reciprocally treat Iranians in such a way.
Types of membership
Types of membership are as follows :
A - main : includes natural and legal persons engaged in activity that is directly related to the affairs of the union.
B - Affiliate : includes natural and legal persons that indirectly serve the main activities of the union.
C - Provisional : includes academic natural persons or people without sponsor who according to the personal motivation and interest request membership.
Note : the presence of provisional members in the meetings of the union will be without the right to vote.
Membership of legal persons
Membership of legal persons is subject to their Iranian citizenship, based on article 21 of the commerce law, having a valid commercial card from Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Mines.
Regulations for acceptance of the membership of natural persons
A - Iranian citizenship.
B - Must be a practicing member of one of the officially recognized religions of the country.
C - Must have a valid commercial card from Iran Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Mines.
D - Must have experience in the field of exports related to the union’s activities with the backing of 2 members of the union.
All members of the union are obliged to observe the provisions of the articles of association, and rules and regulations adopted by the board of directors, and are bound to cooperate in order to achieve the objectives of the union.