Iran apple export hits record high
Tehran, Iran, Sept. 5
An official with the Agriculture Ministry said Iran exported 800,000 tons of apples in the first five months of the current Iranian fiscal years (started March), hitting a record high compared to the same period last year.
“Last year, we exported 600,000 tons of apples to Pakistan, Turkey, Kurdistan Region [of Iraq], and a number of European nations,” Shokrollah Hajivand said on September 5, IRNA reported.
He added, “So far, in the current year, we have been able to produce 3.7 million tons of apples, 800,000 tons of which have been exported."
Over 1.54 million tons of different types of fruits worth $2.8 billion were grown in the country in the past crop year, marking a 26 percent rise in weight compared to preceding year, the official noted.
The total amount of annual apple production in Iran is around 3.7 million tons, about one-fifth of which is exported, mainly to Iraq, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, the UAE, India, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Tajikistan and Russia.