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60% Rise in Mazandaran Citrus Fruit Exports

60% Rise in Mazandaran Citrus Fruit Exports
60% Rise in Mazandaran Citrus Fruit Exports

A total of 250,000 tons of citrus fruits were exported from the northern Mazandaran Province during the last Iranian year (March 2020-21), showing a 60% rise compared with the year before, according to the director of Horticultural Affairs Department with the province’s Agricultural Organization.
“Our main export destinations over the period were Russia and Iraq,” Hadi Izadi was also quoted as saying by IRNA.
The official 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 said.
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.   
According to Hossein Negahdar, the deputy head of Mazandaran Agricultural Organization, the northern province accounts for around 23% of the country’s total employment in the agriculture sector.
Mazandaran Province, located in northern Iran along the Caspian Sea, cultivates 72 kinds of agricultural products, the annual yields of which amount to nearly 7 million tons. The province accounts for only 2.5% of Iran’s arable land, yet produces 7% and 11% of the country’s agricultural products in weight and value respectively annually.
According to a local official, Hossein Ali Qovanlou, food industries account for 42% of the province’s production units, which have thrived despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 
With 150,000 hectares of orchards, Mazandaran is the top fruit and horticultural producer of Iran. 
A total of 200,000 tons of agricultural products were exported from Mazandaran in the fiscal 2019-20, indicating a 100% hike compared with the previous year.
The province also ranks first to third in the production of rice, chicken, dairy and seafood.

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