Iran's potatoes exported to Azerbaijan, Russia and Persian Gulf countries
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 21 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iranian potatoes are being exported to Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, and the countries of Persian Gulf, IRIB News reported.
The Chairman of Iran's National Potato Association Mohammadrahim Niyazi said that by December Iran has exported around 420,000 tons of potatoes, and this figure is expected to rise to 600,000 tons by March 2013.
Speaking at the news conference, Niyazi said that Iran's potato producing capacity is 4.8 to 5 million tons.
"Due to good spring rainfalls in the current crop year, it is forecasted that the 166,000 hectares of land would produce 5.2 million tons of potatoes," Niyazi said.
Speaking of potato chips, Niyazi expressed hope that Iran would be able to increase the amount of those in the near future.
"Of 5 million tons of potatoes being produced in the country, only 500,000 tons used for potato chips, and this figure is too small," Niyazi said, adding that it needs to be increased.