Some 250,000 tons of citrus fruits were exported from the northern Mazandaran Province during the last Iranian year (March 2020-21). This is a 60% rise compared with the year before. With 150,000 hectares of orchards, Mazandaran is the top fruit and horticultural producer of Iran.
The director of Horticultural Affairs Department with the province’s Agricultural Organization, Hadi Izadi¸ stated: “Our main export destinations over the period were Russia and Iraq.” He added that last year’s citrus fruit production in Mazandaran stood at 2.7 million tons, which was 10% more than the previous year.
“At present, there are 500 sorting units with a capacity of 250,000 tons of citrus fruits, 119 cold storage facilities with a 473-ton capacity and 148 warehouse units with a storage capacity of 381 tons in the province. This has led to an increase in exports and reduced the amount of fruit wasted every year,” he told financialtribune.com.
Mazandaran’s citrus fruit orchards stretch across 112,000 hectares, 110,000 hectares of which currently bear fruit. Out of the total figure, close to 80,000 hectares and 30,000 hectares are under orange and tangerine cultivation and lemons, limes and bitter oranges are produced on the rest.