Iranian official: Sanctions sharply cut Iran’s fruit export

Business Materials 31 August 2013 15:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.31/ Trend F.Karimov/

Iran's fruit export has sharply decreased due to international sanctions, the head of the national union of agricultural exports Reza Nourani said, ILNA reported.

Some 35 million tons of fruit and vegetable is produced in the country, but just 5 percent of it is exported, he added.

Unfortunately, domestic farmers intensify the effects of sanctions by saying that the export of fruit and vegetable is not economically justified, he said.

In July, the head of Iranian Trade Promotion Organization Hamid Safdel said that Iran exported $4.2 billion worth of agricultural products in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20.

According to the statistics, Iran is in the 30th place in the world for food export, the official mentioned.

On January 20, the Agriculture Ministry official Naser Tavakkoli said that Iran plans to increase its agricultural exports from 107 million tons in the past year to 118 million tons in the current Iranian calendar year, IRNA reported.