Tropical fruit imports to Iran reach $500 million annually

Published Feb 25, 2021

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EghtesadOnline: The import of tropical fruits to Iran cost as much as $500 million annually, Mohammad-Mehdi Boroumandi, an official with Agriculture Ministry, said.

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Referring to the favorable climatic conditions of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan and its growth potential for tropical fruits, the official said, “We’re seeking to reach self-sufficiency in the production of tropical fruits through the support of farmers and expansion of orchards.”Banana accounts for the highest volume of tropical fruits imported into Iran, IRNA reported.A total of 92,947 tons of bananas were produced on 4,838 hectares during the last Iranian year (March 2019-20), which were enough to meet 20% of domestic demand for this tropical fruit, according to Boroumandi. “Domestic demand for bananas stands at 550,000 tons annually, of which 450,000 tons are supplied through imports and 100,000 tons via local production,” he said. According to the data of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, last year’s banana imports hovered around 457,225 tons worth $308 million. The provinces of Sistan-Baluchestan, Hormozgan, Kerman, Fars and Bushehr are the ...
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