Export of soil is prohibited
Prohibited soil export, Deputy Minister of Land Protection and Land Affairs of the Organization of Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management, noting that the legislature has banned the export of any agricultural, rangeland and vegetable soils abroad, said: Counter smuggling of soil from the country
Recently, Masoumeh Ebtekar, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, pointed to the occurrence of soil smuggling in the country and warned of its continuation. In this regard, Massoud Mansour, Deputy Minister of Forest Protection and Land Affairs, in an interview with ISNA, emphasized that when we say smuggling, we mean that an unofficial work is being done outside the legal channels and goods are being transferred from border points. Is outside the country, he said: the pastures and agricultural lands of the country should not be tampered with, which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture to deal with soil harvesting, but if the soil is harvested and removed, it should be removed, both officially and The Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture is beyond the scope of the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture to deal with the form of trafficking.
Regarding soil exports, Mansour stressed: The legislature has banned the export of any agricultural, rangeland and vegetable soils abroad. These lands should not be transferred outside Iran and the transfer of these lands in any way and order is considered a violation.
He added: “If soil is harvested in agricultural lands, it is considered a crime in two ways, because in addition to changing land use, soil harvesting has also taken place, so soil harvesting in these lands, even if not for export and for domestic consumption and It should be transferred within the country, because the change of use has been considered as a violation, which is within the scope of duties of the Jihad Agricultural Land Affairs Organization.
Any kind of encroachment on pasture lands and export of soil is a crime
The Deputy Minister of Land Protection and Land Affairs of the Forests Organization stated that it is considered a crime if soil is harvested in rangelands as well. The Forest Organization is responsible for this. This organization has a duty to control the rangelands, which we have so far dealt with severely by disrupting the rangeland status of the country as a crime.
The Ministry of Industry should make sure that it only issues export licenses to industrial soil
Mansour pointed out that in addition to the Forests Organization, Customs and the Ministry of Industry and Mines, there are other bottlenecks to combat soil smuggling: “Every year, tens of thousands of tons of industrial soils are exported, which must be done by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade.” Have an export license. The ministry, which is in charge of issuing licenses for the export of industrial soils, must make sure that it only licenses the export of industrial soils, so this device must be more controlled and careful so that profiteers do not export agricultural and rangeland soils as industrial soils.
Customs should inquire from the Ministry of Jihad for Agriculture and Environment regarding soil export
The official in charge of the Forests Organization, noting that in these circumstances, prohibited soils (agricultural, rangeland and vegetable) may be exported under the name of industrial soil, added: The habitats are in the area of the Ministry of Jihad, Agriculture and Environment, so we request that if the soil is to be officially removed from the country, the units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment must be inquired and these units must confirm that the soil is to be removed from the country. It is not forbidden to leave.
Mansour said that in the export sector, the customs should carry out the necessary controls to combat smuggling. “Customs should make sure that the soil that is exported is only industrial soil,” he said. Units such as the border and customs, if they see that soil is smuggled out of the country, whether it is industrial soil or forbidden soil, they have to enter, so there are several bottlenecks in the country to deal with soil smuggling; We in the Organization of Forests and Agricultural Jihad should not allow soil to be harvested, but if the harvest is done and it wants to leave the country, the customs should inquire so that the soil is not forbidden. The Ministry of Industry must also be careful in issuing export licenses for industrial soils so that the soil is not among the prohibited soils. In addition, if the export takes place informally and without customs formalities, both the customs and the border guards and other control units should control this issue so that smuggling does not take place.
Pointing out that soil is a vital element and apart from legal issues, it is also sacred to us culturally, he said: “Exporting the fertile soil of the country is not allowed by any logic.” Please, all the agencies should have the necessary sensitivities and all the departments involved in the issue, including the environment, the Ministry of Jihad, Agriculture, the Ministry of Industry and Mines, Customs and Border Patrol, should sit together and diagnose the issue so that if soil smuggling occurs in the country Pathology and deal with it.
“If someone takes possession of natural land, we will confront him in the Forest Organization,” said the deputy director of forest protection and land affairs. To deal with this case but when we say smuggling has happened; This means that an object or goods has left the country without customs formalities, and the headquarters for combating smuggling of goods and currency, customs, and border guards, have a duty to prevent anything from leaving the country.
He concluded by emphasizing that when we say smuggling, we mean that an informal work is being carried out outside the prescribed legal channels and goods from border crossings are being transferred abroad, adding: “The country’s pastures and agricultural lands should not be It is in the Ministry of Jihad Agriculture to deal with soil harvesting, but if it is harvested and taken out of the place, leaving it is both an official and a form of smuggling, and the Ministry of Jihad Agriculture is responsible for dealing with it. Is out.