Iran’s vegetable production expected to rise this year – official
Tehran, Iran, June 12
By A. Shirazi - Trend:
Some 25 million tons of vegetables are expected to be produced in the current Iranian fiscal year (started Mach 21), an official with the Agriculture Ministry said.
Iranian farmers have been notified of the Agriculture Ministry’s new policies with respect to vegetables production, Hossein Asghari said recently, according to the ministry's website.
Based the on the new measures, the production of vegetables is expected to rise this year, reaching 25 million tons, he added.
He further urged the farmers to stick to the new measures and implement them completely through all four seasons in order to be able to increase their output.
Elsewhere, Asghari said, based on the new plan, 814,000 tons of potatoes are expected to be produced over 20,300 hectares of farms in summer.
He added that nearly 3.6 million tons of potatoes over 103,350 hectares of farms will be also produced during the fall.
The provinces of Hamedan, Ardebil, Kurdestan, East Azarbaijan and Isfahan are the main producers of potatoes in Iran.
The Iranian official further said that the production of onion will rise as well. Some 52,075 hectares of farm land will go under cultivation and 209,000 tons of onions are expected to be produced in the summer, he said, adding that the amount will reach 1.1 million tons in fall.
Asghari said the new agricultural plan would also include the production of tomatoes in the country with the vegetable’s output expected to reach to 3.3 million tons in summer and fall over 69,145 hectares of farms in 27 Iranian provinces.
Pakistan, Afghanistan, the UAE, Iraq, Turkmenistan, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Kuwait are the main export destinations of these Iranian products.