Baku, Azerbaijan, March 4
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
Medicinal plants of Iran's Razavi Khorasan province are exported to 50 countries, an official with Razavi Khorasan Agricultural Jihad Organization Hashem Naqibi said, Trend reports via IRNA.
Medicinal plants of the province are mainly exported to France, Germany, Australia, Spain, Japan, the US, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Poland, New Zealand, Czech Republic, China, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Serbia, India, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and the UAE, Naqibi said.
In the past plant year, medicinal plants, except saffron, were grown in an area of 19,500 hectares and eventually, the output reached 13,800 tons, he noted.
However, in the current plant year, 25,000 hectares have been allocated for medicinal plants, and the plants will be harvested in the upcoming Iranian year (starting on March 21, 2019), Naqibi said.
Naqibi noted that 11,500 hectares were allocated to barberry fields, and as a result over 6,000 tons of barberry were harvested.
Basil seeds, rheum and sumac account for most of the province's output in this sector, Naqibi added.
In Iran's Razavi Khorasan province, 2.13 million hectares of land are arable and the land is used by 363 farmers.
Annually, 83 types of plants are grown 1.2 million hectares in the province.
Agricultural sector accounts for 30 percent of Razavi Khorasan's non-oil exports.