Economy, Domestic Economy

Ban on Olive Import Violated

Ban on Olive Import ViolatedBan on Olive Import Violated

Fifteen tons of olives were imported into the country in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (March 20-June 20) despite an official ban on imports of the fruit. “The olives were imported through official ports of entry including the free trade zones,” deputy agriculture minister, Mohammad Ali Tahmasbi was quoted by ISNA as saying. He did not provide names of the importers or other details. Last week, the ministry announced that the five-year ban on import of olives aimed at supporting local farmers will remain in place as production is expected to reach 120,000 tons by the yearend (March 2017), 20,000 tons more than last year. According to the International Olive Council, Iran is ranked 11th out of 43 major olive producers across the world. Leading olive growing regions in Iran include Fars, Kerman, Hormozgan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Qazvin, Gilan, Golestan and Zanjan provinces.