Iran exports $6.6B of agricultural products in 12 months
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.17
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran exported $6.6 billion of agricultural products in the past Iranian fiscal year, which ended on March 20, Iran's deputy agriculture minister Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh said.
The agricultural exports rose by 27 percent compared to its preceding year, Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Bakhshandeh as saying on April 17.
Meanwhile, the country imported $12 billion of agricultural products in the past year, showing 9 percent decrease year on year, he noted.
Bakhshandeh added that about $360 million has been allocated to the expansion of irrigation networks and the construction of dams in the current year.
Iranian Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati has said that by producing over 90 million metric tons of agricultural products per year, Iran is among ten top countries in the world.
Iran is ranked the first worldwide for producing saffron, pomegranates, and pistachios, the second for producing dates and apricots, the third for producing figs and cherries, and the fourth for producing walnuts and apples.
The official said that attracting capital needed for the development of the agriculture sector is a priority of Iran's Ministry of Agriculture, and that the government has provided all infrastructures to support foreign investment in this sector.