Iran’s 11-month apple exports hit $62 million

Business Materials 5 March 2013 14:14 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.5 / Trend F.Mehdi/

Iran exported 75,800 tons of apples worth $62 million during the first 11 months of the current Iranian calendar year which began on March 20, 2012, the Fars News Agency reported.

The value of the exported apples has risen by 70 per cent compared to the previous year.

Some 3.4 million tons of apples have been harvested in Iran so far in the current year.

Iran's agricultural exports have grown by 14 per cent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year compared to the same period in the preceding year, IRNA quoted Iranian Agriculture Ministry official Rahmatollah Parichehr as saying in February.

"During the past two years, over $2 billion worth of agricultural products, mainly pistachios and raisins have been exported," he added.

This year, apples and citrus fruits have also been exported, he noted.

On January 20, IRNA quoted Iran's Agriculture Ministry official Naser Tavakkoli as saying that Iran plans to increase its agricultural exports to 118 million tons in the current Iranian calendar year which ends on March 20, from 107 million tons in the past year.

Iran's agricultural exports grew last year with pistachio and saffron sales almost doubling, despite Western trade sanctions with the country, the Fars News Agency quoted Iran's deputy agriculture minister Jahangir Pourhemmat as saying on January 6.

"Exports of farming products have increased 15 per cent compared to the previous year, while agricultural exports are still on the increase on a daily basis," Pourhemmat added.