According to Darab Hasani, director-general of the ministry’s office of Cold and Dry Regions Fruits, the annual export of apples is estimated to hit 1.3 million tons in this year. This is three percent more than the figure of the previous year, which was 740,000 tons.
As previously announced, by the head of the Central Organization for Rural Cooperatives of Iran, apples have been exported to Russia and Eurasian Economic Union (UAEU)’s member countries in the past year. Ali Tahmasbi said that 50 percent of the exported apples were produced in the northwestern West Azarbaijan province.
Iran’s agricultural production stood at 125 million tons in the past year, said Agriculture Minister Kazem Khavazi, adding that agricultural production is expected to reach 130 million tons in the current year.
“This year, the government is paying special attention to the agricultural sector for achieving self-sufficiency in most agricultural and strategic products,” Khavazi told tehrantimes.com. He noted that apart from increasing production, the Agriculture Ministry also seeks to increase productivity by developing processing industries in this sector.