Iran’s Fruit and Vegetables Association: rise in exports causes rise in prices
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
Increased exports of fruits and vegetables have led to the rise in prices for products in Iran, Asadollah Kargar, Chairman of Iran's Fruits and Vegetables Association, told Mehr Information Agency, Trend reports.
According to Kargar, prices for such products as tomato, onion, lettuce and cucumber have increased.
"The reason for this is the middlemen buying the products from farmers in the plantations and then exporting them," he said, adding that this leads to a decline in products delivered to the market, which, in turn, contributes to a simultaneous rise in prices.
According to Kargar, southern Iran is the sole provider of lettuce and various greeneries during the current season of the year.
"Southern Iran is also unable to provide for the whole country all alone. Recent floods have also had an impact on the decline in production," he said.
Kargar pointed out that the price of 1 kg of cucumbers in Iran's capital Tehran is currently about 50,000-65,000 rials (app. $1.19-1.54).
In recent years, prices for many products (mainly food products) have risen in Iran.