News of August 2020



IRAN: Iran Exported $154m Worth Pistachio
Iran exported 21,720 tons of pistachio worth over $154.1 million during the first three months of the current Iranian year (March 20-June 20), announced the spokesman of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA). Rouhollah Latifi said on Wednesday that China was the first destination for exported Iranian pistachio during the said period, with 5,547 tons ($35.4 million), followed by Germany, with 2,982 tons, Iraq with 1,866 tons, Russia 1,455 tons and Kazakhstan with 1,129 tons, respectively. He noted that last year, Iran was the first exporter of pistachios in the world with $586 millionThe global pistachio market is dominated by Iran and the US, two countries in stiff competition to gain a bigger share of the market, said the head of Iran Pistachio Association in December 2019.
Mahmoud Abtahi told Iran Daily that Italy, Greece, Afghanistan, Syria, and Turkey are also among the main players in the world pistachio market. Abtahi noted that Iran exports about 80 percent of its pistachio harvest, adding that the price of the product in the local market is determined by its global price as well as its supply and demand. The official referred to the 100-year history of Iran’s pistachio exports, and said, “We export pistachios to almost all countries, both directly and indirectly.” Abtahi said that dried fruits are among the country’s most important non-oil exports, of which the share of pistachios is 70 percent.
The official cited Kerrman, Khorasan Razavi, and Yazd as the provinces with the highest number of pistachio orchards in the country. (Quoted from Iran Daily News 2-08-2020)


IRAN: Iran Dried Fruits, Nuts Exports at $1.1b
Major dried fruits and nuts exports, namely raisins, accounted for 469,000 tons of the total tonnage and $949 million of the aggregate value. Iran exported 556,000 tons of dried fruits and nuts worth $1.12 billion in the last Iranian year. The volume of exports saw a 7% rise compared to the year before, Major dried fruit exports, namely raisins, accounted for 469,000 tons of the total volume and $949 million of the aggregate value. (Quoted from Financial Tribune 4-08-2020)


IRAN: Iran Exports 61,000 Tons of Dates to 52 Countries in Four Months
Iran has earned more than $53 million from exports of various verities of dates in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year ending July 21, an official said. A spokesman of the Iranian customs office (IRICA) said on Wednesday that date shipments sent to 52 countries over the four-month period had amounted to nearly 61,000 metric tons in volume terms. Rouhollah Latifi said that Iranian premium quality dates are becoming increasingly popular in markets from Scandinavia to South America, Press TV reported. “From a quality perspective, Iranian date varieties are unique in the world,” said Latifi, adding that the Mazafati variety, generally cultivated in southeastern Iran, was responsible for a bulk of revenue earned from date exports over the four months to late July with around $29 million. The official said Iraq, once one of the main date producers in the world, was the top buyer of Iranian dates with nearly $10 million worth of purchases, followed by Pakistan and Kazakhstan at $7.7 million and $5.92 million, respectively. Faced with growing restrictions on its sale of oil, Iran has relied on agrifood exports as a major source of earning hard currency in recent years. Increased exports and better weather condition has caused a blessing in the Iranian agriculture sector as it grew by nearly 10 percent in the past fiscal year ending late March. Business sources believe Iran is the second largest producer of dates in the world on 1.2 million tons of annual output. They also put Iran on top of the world’s list of largest date exporters ahead of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the two other leading producers. A bulk of Iran’s date production comes from arid regions in the south where some exquisite types of the golden fruit like Piarom, Zahedi and Kabkab are cultivated. (Quoted from Tasnim News 13-08-2020)


Iran: Iran exported 13,600 tons of figs, valued at $47 million during the past Iranian calendar year
Fars province is the major producer of dried fig in Iran and therefore the main supplier of exported fig in the country. Planning for elevating the quality of the fruit based on the international standards will result in boosting its exports, and improving the fig gardens is one of the plans of Agriculture Ministry in the current year, which is the year of “Surge in Production”. Iran exported over $5.8 billion worth of agricultural and foodstuff products in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 19), Head of Agriculture Ministry’s Planning and Economic Affairs Department Shahrokh Shajari has said. According to the official, about 7.104 million tons of such products worth $5.821 billion were exported to foreign destinations last year. In the mentioned period, over 6.941 million tons of agricultural and foodstuff products worth $6.392 billion were also imported into the country, according to Shajari.. (Quoted from FreshPlaza 08-08-2020)


IRAN: Iran’s saffron exports hit 37 tons in three months
Iran exported more than 37.64 tons of saffron worth $38.58 million during the first three months of the current fiscal (March 20-June 20), a senior official said. According to Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration Seyyed Rouhollah Latifi, of the total 52 buyers of Iran’s saffron, Hong Kong was the top destination with 12.73 tons worth $14.4 million. Spain with 9.19 tons and the UAE with 3.49 tons were respectively the next top destinations of the expensive spice during the period. Figures collected from IRICA indicate that this year’s quarterly saffron exports observed a 20% decline compared to the corresponding period of last year. The country had exported over 47 tons of the product during the last fiscal’s first quarter. According to Latifi, Iranian farmers produced around 500 tons of saffron last year (ended March 19), noting that 80% of which was shipped to the foreign markets. Iran is the world’s biggest saffron producer with over 300 tons of saffron per year and accounts for more than 94% of global production. (Quoted from Mehrnews 1-08-2020)


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