Watermelon topped the list of exports in value terms earning over $144 million.
Watermelon topped the list of exports in value terms earning over $144 million.

Fruit, Vegetable Exports Up in Value, Down in Volume

Fruit, Vegetable Exports Up in Value, Down in Volume

Iran exported 1.86 million tons of fruits and vegetables worth over $675 million during the eight months to November 21, 2017, indicating a 21% rise in value and 13% decline in volume compared to last year’s corresponding period, ISNA reported.
Watermelon topped the list of exports in terms of value earning over $144 million (701,000 tons), up 21% in value and down 0.4% in tonnage year over year.
Tomato exports also saw growth in value by 18% as over 346,000 tons of the crop worth $111 million were exported during the eight months. However, in volume it was down 0.5% YOY.
Potato exports generated $89 million (288,000 tons), up by 31% in value and down by 27.4% in tonnage YOY.
Figures indicate that the current fiscal (ends in March) has not been a good year for export of cucumbers and apples. Cucumber exports witnessed 32% and 39% decline in value and volume YOY to reach 82,000 tons worth $34 million.
About 154,000 tons of apples worth $65 million were exported, indicating 5.7% and 26% decline in value and tonnage respectively YOY.
In the boarder group of 'agricultural and agro processing industries', Iran exported $4 billion worth of products during the eight months under review, according to deputy head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, Mahmoud Bazari, registering a 2.7% increase compared with the similar period last year.
“Exports of dairy products, chocolate and confectionary, fruit and vegetables, flowers and plants, seafood and processed products experienced a 31%, 25.7%, 21%, 14.3%, 27% and 11% growth respectively YOY," he said.
The Statistical Center of Iran reported that agricultural production grew by 0.9% during the first half of the current fiscal (March 21-Sept. 22) year-on-year.

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