Official: Iran earns $1 bln annually through exporting pistachios
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.13/ Trend F.Karimov/
Iran earns $1 billion annually through exporting pistachios, ISNA quoted Iran's Fars province agriculture department director Mehrzad Kherad as saying.
Some 18 percent of the farmlands across the country are under cultivation of pistachios, he added.
Iran holds a 60 percent share of pistachio exports in the world, he said.
Pistachio farming has created over 300,000 jobs in the country, he noted.
In August, ILNA quoted Iran chamber of commerce's exports committee chairman Asadollah Asgaroladi as saying that Iran's pistachio exports fee by 12 percent in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21- July 22) compared to the same period in the previous year.
Iran exported 25,000 tons of pistachios in the four-month period of times, he added.
Iran may lose its stance as world's largest pistachio exporter in the near future, head of Iran's Nuts and Dried Fruits Sellers Union said earlier this month.
"Iran's pistachio exports have faced 20 - 30 percent decrease due to forex prices fluctuations," the ISNA News Agency quoted Mostafa Ahmadi as saying.
"The USA will take Iran's position as the world's biggest pistachio exporter unless Iran increases its production," he said.
"Domestic consumption accounts for 20 percent of Iran's total output, while the figure is around 40 - 50 percent in the USA," Ahmadi added.
He went on to note that the pistachio price has fallen to 430,000 rials ($13.8 based on the price of USD at the free market) per kilo, showing a 100,000 rials decrease.
The ISNA News Agency reported on July 20 that the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and Iraq were the main importers of Iran's pistachio in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, which started March 21.
Iran totally exported 10.5 tons of pistachio worth $86.7 million in the mentioned period.
The figure shows 3.7 and 4.8 percent increase in terms of weight and value, respectively, compared to the same period of time previous year.
Iran also exported 1,400 tons of pistachio nuts worth $22.6 million in the mentioned period, which is 46 percent less than previous year's first quarter.
Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, Kioumars Fathollah Kermanshahi said in March that Iran exported more than 128,600 tons of pistachio worth $1.14 billion in the previous calendar year, which ended March 20.