Iran Be­comes World’s Top Pis­ta­chio Pro­ducer Again

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN - An Ira­nian of­fi­cial says the coun­try is ex­pected to pro­duce 310,000 tons of pis­ta­chio in the cur­rent Ira­nian cal­en­dar year, sur­pass­ing the United Stated to once again be­come the world’s big­gest pis­ta­chio pro­ducer.

Gen­eral Man­ager of the De­part­ment of Win­ter and Dry Fruits of Iran’s Agri­cul­ture Min­istry, Shokrol­lah Ha­ji­vand says Iran pro­duced 304,000 tons of pis­ta­chio in the past year and the fig­ure is ex­pected to in­crease by about 2 per­cent this year.

“Ac­cord­ing to a study, the pis­ta­chio pro­duc­tion in the United States is es­ti­mated at 270,000 tons (in 2017), and Iran is pre­dicted to pro­duce 310,000 tons to stand first in pro­duc­tion of pis­ta­chio once again.”

Else­where in his re­marks, Ha­ji­vand re­ferred to the ex­port amount of this prod­uct say­ing that the vol­ume of pis­ta­chio ex­port in the four months lead­ing to July 2017 is 16,660 tons, and since pis­ta­chio har­vest has be­gun, ex­ports will in­crease in the com­ing months.

“Last year, the ex­port of pis­ta­chio stood at 138,000 tons, worth $1,271 mil­lion. But dur­ing the first four months of this year, there was a 40 per­cent de­crease in the value of ex­ports due to the lack of pis­ta­chio sup­ply,” Ha­ji­vand con­cluded.

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