News of November 2018


IRAN: Iran Pistachio Exports Grow 31% to 27K Tons (Mar-Sep 2018)

A total of 27,578 tons of pistachios worth around $270 million were exported from Iran to 70 countries during the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21-Sept. 22).
This shows a 31.2% and 26.7% growth in weight and value respectively compared with the similar period of last year. The main export destinations for this Persian delicacy were China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, some EU member states, India, the littoral states of Persian Gulf, Turkey, the UAE and CIS countries. Last year, Deputy Minister of Industries, Mining and Trade Mojtaba Khosrotaj, who doubles as the head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, told us that Iran supplies pistachio to more than 50% of the world markets. (Quoted from Eghtesad Online 28-11-2018)


IRAN: Grape Production in Iran’s Jowzan Valley Declared Globally Important Agricultural Heritage

The traditional grape cultivation in Malayer County’s Jowzan Valley rural district, Hamedan Province, was formally recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. The announcement was made during a meeting in Rome of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group affiliated with the Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations. “We, as the responsible body in Iran in this respect, sent the proposal for Jowzan Valley grapes to be designated as a GIAHS in early 2017. Around 90% of the grapes produced in Malayer are cultivated in the vineyards of this valley,” Ali Kianirad, the deputy head of Research Department with the Agricultural Planning, Economic and Rural Development Research Institute affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, told Financial Tribune. The grape and grape-based production system in Jowzan has a long history. Farmers have made grape cultivation possible in extreme cold conditions, thanks to unique techniques. Traditional knowledge and tools allow the farmers to process more than 40 grape products out of 130 grape varieties. This, together with higher yield per hectare, unique skills of gardeners, and the right sugar level are all factors that make the grapes and raisins of Jowzan Valley different from other parts of the country and a top seller among consumers, FAO wrote on its website. Over the years, the system has significantly improved the locals’ living standards, while giving a boost to local tourism and in turn to rural economy. (Quoted from Financial Tribune 2-11-2018)


IRAN: Fruit export up 17 percent

A total of 1.13 million tons of various sorts of fruits including dates worth $741 million were exported from Iran in the first half of the Iranian year.
This amounts to a 17% increase compared to the same period last year, reported the Customs Service of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran exported 974,000 tons of fruits including various types of dates worth 633 million dollars in the first six months of last year. (Quoted from IRNA 4-11-2018)


IRAN: Iran Saffron Exports Top $145m in H1 2018

About 105 tons of saffron worth more than $145 million were exported from Iran during the first half of the current Iranian year, the deputy head of Iran National Saffron Council said. The above figures show a 29.6% and 36.8% growth in weight and value respectively compared with the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration’s data for last year’s H1 saffron exports. (Quoted from Financial Tribune 12-11-2018)


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