Iran eyes increase in annual farm output
Iranian authorities said annual farm output will further increase by the end of the current Iranian year, ending March 2021, as the country keeps relying on exports from the sector as a major source of earning hard currency.
A senior Agriculture Ministry official said that total farm output in Iran would top 128 million tons next year, an increase of just over four percent compared to figures recorded in March 2020, reported Press TV.
Shahrokh Shajari said the agriculture sector in Iran has grown by almost a quarter since 2013 when the current administrative government took office.
Shajari said the surge in production of agro-foods is expected to take place across the sector, which is responsible for the bulk of exports from Iran to neighboring countries.
Government figures indicate that the value-added growth in the Iranian agriculture sector for the year ending March 2020 was nearly nine percent.
Shajari, who serves as deputy agriculture minister for planning, said the rate of growth in Iran’s farming sector has always outpaced the total economic growth without considering the share of oil income.
Better precipitation and increased exports to neighboring countries have contributed to a rapid expansion of the agriculture sector in Iran over the past years.
That comes as more than a third of Iran’s population of 83 million still depend on farming for their livelihood.
The agriculture sector accounted for nearly 15 percent of the Iranian economy more than a decade ago, although the share declined with the gradual increase in the oil income.