Tea harvesting continues in Iran
BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 16
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
More than 83,800 tons of tea leaves have been harvested in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces of Iran from the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2020) to date on August 16, chairman of Iran Tea Organization Habib Jahansaz said, Trend reports citing the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.
Jahansaz emphasized that it is planned to harvest 35,000 tons of tea leaves from the 3rd tea leaves harvesting.
Jahansaz added that the value of the tea leaves harvested to date, is more than 3.48 trillion rials (about $82.8 million).
The chairman noted that 3.13 trillion rials (about $74.5 million) has been paid to tea farmers, so far. This is 91.1 percent of the total value.
According to him, the remaining 350 billion rials (about $8.33 million) will be paid soon.
"About 65 percent (54,800 tons) of tea leaves purchased from farmers is the first grade," he said.
It is forecasted that 130,000-135,000 tons of tea leaves will be purchased from farmers in the current Iranian year.
The price of first-grade tea leaves is 46,000 rials (about $1.09), and the cost of second-grade tea leaves is 33,000 rials (about 78 cents) this year.
In Iran, some products such as rice, sugar beet, wheat and tea are purchased from farmers by a state-owned company under a guarantee and paid for in installments.