Iran eyes in­crease in an­nual farm out­put

Iran Daily - - Domestic Economy -

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.

IRNA

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