TEHRAN, Iran. Jan.5
Iranian farmers are exporting garlic abroad due to decline of demand on local market, said head of the Garlic Growers Cooperative in Hamadan Province Hojatollah Heydarian, Trend reports citing ILNA.
Farmers in Hamadan Province harvested 55,000 tons of garlic in July, and part of this amount has been exported to Persian Gulf countries, he said.
"The domestic sale of garlic is declining due to people's low purchase power and increase in prices," he said.
Meanwhile, Iran also imports garlic from China, and the local Garlic Growers Cooperative is looking for ways to prevent this import, but so far, the efforts didn't yield any results, said Heydarian.
Local garlic processing companies are challenged by lack of support and some are on the verge of bankruptcy, Heydarian said.