The processing tomato industry in Iran

Published Jul 30, 2021

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Iran, one of the largest economies in the Middle East, after Saudi Arabia had gone through an economic downturn over the past years due to prolonged international sanctions, weakening currency, high inflation rate resulting in various food security shocks. Sharing borders with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, the country today is the 7th largest producer of tomatoes in the world. Tomatoes are cultivated virtually all year in different parts of the country due to the country’s diverse climatic conditions. Cold regions such as Khorasan, Zanjan, and Golestan, for instance, produce tomatoes in hot seasons, whereas tropical regions such as Fars and Bushehr produce tomatoes in cold seasons.

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“Tomato is cultivated throughout the country, except the Northern provinces. We have witnessed significant growth in the production of tomatoes in the last 5-6 years and as a result farmers prefer cultivating tomatoes rather than other horticultural crops like cucumbers and peppers. Currently, open cultivation is being replaced by greenhouse and hydroponic farming. Despite the pandemic, Iran has been able to achieve increased agricultural productivity in FY20-21.”- Dr. Ardalan Ghilavizadeh, Senior Agriculture Consultant, Agriculture and Natural Resources Engineering Organisation of Tehran Province The province of Fars ranks first in Iran with about 17 percent share of tomato production in the country. More than 7000 hectares of land is devoted to tomato production in provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan, for the fresh and processed markets. According to official reports, in 2020, about 951,000 tonnes tomatoes were produced in the Fars province alone. It is interesting to ...
Source: Tomatonews
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