Azerbaijan , Baku, May 23 /Trend/
Iran harvested 37,700 tons of green tea leaves in northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran in the first phase of harvesting season, IRNA reported quoting Head of State Tea Organization Ali Mohrer as saying.
Iran 's dry tea production at 154 factories totaled 8,580 tons with the value of $19 billion, he said.
Seventy percent of green leaves are of premium quality, while 30 percent are second-degree quality.
There are more than 32,000 hectares of tea gardens in Iran's northern states of Gilan with 85 percent tea production and Mazandaran which holds 15 percent tea production in the country.
Iran tea consumption rate is more than 100,000 tons.