The IRGC-affiliated newspaper, Javan, published an article by Sina Sarmad titled, “Importing any type of fruit is prohibited.” This is a statement we hear repeatedly from a range of officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Despite this, the markets are full of imported fruit: apples from France, grapes from Chile, oranges from Egypt and Turkey, tangerines from Pakistan, etc. Despite the statements made by the responsible ministries regarding the ban on importing food, a disproportionally large amount of agricultural products are imported without restraint. This hurts Iranian fruit growers and is propelling Iranian agriculture in the direction of destruction and oblivion. According to the head of the Union of Fruit Exporters and Importers, importing fruit was outlawed two years ago, but we continue to witness extensive imports in all seasons. Officials explained that because of the prohibition, the fruit is not being imported through official, legal border crossings. However, because fruit is a perishable good, there really is no other way to transport it! It seems unlikely that such a large quantity of food is being smuggled into Iran illegally.