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Iran: Fruit & vegetable exports up in value, but down in volume

Official figures indicate that for Iran, the current fiscal (ending in March) has not been a good year regarding the export of cucumbers and apples. Cucumber exports saw a 32% and 39% decline in value and volume, reaching 82,000 tons, worth $34 million. About 154,000 tons of apples worth $65 million were exported, indicating 5.7% and 26% decline in value and tonnage respectively.

On the plus side, watermelons topped the list of exports in terms of value, earning over $144 million (for 701,000 tons), up 21% in value and down 0.4% in tonnage year on year.

Tomato exports also saw growth in value by 18% as over 346,000 tons of the crop worth $111 million were exported during the eight months. However, in volume it was down 0.5% YOY.

Potato exports generated $89 million (288,000 tons), up by 31% in value and down by 27.4% in tonnage YOY.

From the sector 'agricultural and agro-processing industries', Iran exported $4 billion worth of products during the eight months under review, according to an article featured on

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