Iran looks for improved agriculture sector to boost exports
Tehran, Iran, Jan.7
The Iranian Minister of Jihad-e-Agriculture Mahmoud Hojati announced that despite the drought in the country last year, agricultural production will increase this year and the level of trade in the agricultural and food sector of the country will also improve in favor of exports.
“In the condition of existing export markets, there would be a possibility to increase production, as well as boost production of the poultry production sector," he said, adding that 10.5 million tons of milk and 900,000 tons of red meat is annually produced in the country, Trend reports citing ILNA.
He went on to add that Iran can boost its fish cultivation and double the amount of aquaculture production in the country.
Hojati said shrimp was produced in salt-water areas in poor regions, and its production increased from 12,000 tons in 2012 to 40,000 tons in 2017.
He further pointed out that exports of each kilogram of shrimp are worth $5.5 to $6.