Iran tea production increases by 65 per cent

Business Materials 4 May 2013 16:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.4/ Trend R.Zamanov

Some 3,000 tons of tea leaf worth 27 billion rials (some $2.2 million based on the official rate of USD) has been harvested in Iran's northern provinces during in the current Iranian calendar month, which began on April 21.

The amount shows a 65 per cent increase in comparison to the same period of previous year, the IRIB News Agency reported.

Some 666 tons of dried tea leaf was produced from the mentioned amount of harvested green leaf.

Iran will import 30 million kilograms of tea from India in the next two years.

New Delhi and Tehran recently signed a memorandum of understanding in connection with tea exports, the ISNA News Agency reported.

India annually exports 12 million kilograms of tea to Iran, which accounts for 6 percent of its total tea exports.

New Delhi exported 7 million kilograms of tea to Tehran in the period of time between January to September 2012.

India's total tea output currently stands at 1,100 million kilograms.

The country is the world's fourth largest tea exporter after Kenya, China, and Sri Lanka.