Iran exports half a ton of caviar over nine months
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 16 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Iran exported some 500 kilogrammes of caviar in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year, ISNA quoted Issa Golshahi, an official with the Iranian Fishery Organisation, as saying.
Iranian caviar is mainly exported to Europe, U.S., Japan, and the UAE, he added.
He went on to say that caviar exports are projected to hit one million tons by the end of the current year and will be increased to two million tons in the next year.
In November 2012, the Mehr News Agency quoted Golshahi as saying that Iran has exported over $112 million worth of sea produce since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year.
He added that 27,521 tons of sea produce has been exported to the U.S., Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Kuwait, the UAE, Lebanon, Vietnam, China and South Korea.
Some 250 kilogrammes of caviar has also been exported during the same period, he noted.
In October, the deputy agriculture minister said the value of exports of Iran's fishery sector will surpass $350 million in the current calendar year.
"Exports stood at $210 million last year," Gholamreza Razeqi said, IRNA reported.
Some 4000 tons of shrimp valued at around $17 million was exported last year to the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Australia and Spain, he said adding that infrastructures are in place to export 500 kilogrammes of caviar in the current year.