Tea harvest in Iran rises by 33%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian tea farmers harvested 87,000 tons of green leaf tea, worth 1370 billion rials (about $40 million), a 33 percent rise year-on-year.
Mohammad-Vali Rouzbahan, head of Iran's Tea Organization, said 37 percent of tea leaves are first grade and the rest are second grade, Iran's Fars news agency reported Oct. 23.
He added that 880 billion rials (about $25 million) of dues from tea farmers have been paid, and 75 billion rials (about $2 million) will be paid next week.
Some 19,600 tons of dehydrated tea were produced by 146 tea production units in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces in the current Iranian fiscal year, began on March 21.
First grade and second grade tea leaves were sold at 21,800 rials and 1,100 rials. There are 25,000 hectares of tea plantations in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. Gilan province accounts for some 90 percent of the country's tea production.
Irregular imports and outdated processing industries and high production costs are the major problems of the Iranian tea industry.
Edited by CN