Plagues lower Iran’s olive output by 30 percent
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.3
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Plagues have dropped Iran's olive output this year by 30 percent, ISNA quoted member of the Iranian National Olive Council Nader Jalalat as saying on January 3.
The olive price is forecast to rise by 15 percent, he added.
The output reached 100,000 tons, he said, adding that 10,000 tons of olives have been used to extract the oil.
It is necessary to have 12,000-14,000 tons of olive oil this year to meet domestic need, he noted.
Iran will produce 130,000 tons of olives by the end of the current Iranian Calendar year (March 20, 2014), Alireza Esmaeili, an official with the Agricultural Jihad ministry said in September.
"Iran produced 70,000 tons of olives in the previous year," Esmaeili said, the IRNA News Agency reported.
"This is while the country's olive production stood at 103,000 tons two years ago," he said.
Iran is amongst the world's olive rich countries. Olives above five grams are used for canning and olives below three grams for extracting oil.
Olives between three to five grams are used in both cases. Since olives from the south of Iran yield less oil compared to those cultivated in the north, the majority of the product will be canned.
In addition, olives from the northern regions are usually processed into oil since the factories are located in the north.
The main producers of olive in the world are Spain, Italy, Greece, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Morocco.
Edited by S.M.