According to Agriculture Ministry officials, Iran exported more than 300,000 tons of dates in the last fiscal year (March 2018-19) to account for 15% of global trade of this particular crop.
“Iran is the world’s second biggest producer of dates with an annual production of around 1.2 million tons. The figure accounts for 10% of the global output,” Zahra Jalili Moqaddam was also quoted as saying.
Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Pakistan, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan, Oman and Libya are top 10 producers of dates in the world. Egypt has the biggest production and Algeria has the biggest area of land under date cultivation.
There are a dozen types of dates produced in Iran. Chairman of the National Association of Iranian Dates Mohsen Rashid Farrokhi said Iran exports around 20% of its overall production.