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Iran’s food exports booming

Staff Writer |
I ran’s exports in food and processing industries witnessed a 9.3% and 23.4% rise in value and volume respectively.

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These exports rose to 923,000 tons worth $1.4 billion during the six months to Sept. 22 from 748,000 tons worth $1.28 billion in the corresponding period of last year, IRNA reported.

“With around $118 million worth of exports, chocolate products were the main item shipped from Iran to overseas destinations during the six months. Other major exports include dairy products, tomato paste, juice and concentrate,” Kaveh Zargaran, secretary-general of the Federation of Iranian Food Associations, announced.

The official noted that the increase in exports by food and processing industries came, as Iran’s agro product exports saw a 2.5% decline in value and volume during the period under review year-on-year.

According to Zargaran, the fall in agro exports owes mainly to decline in the exports of pistachio and apple.

Although pistachio exports decreased considerably by 43% and 48% in value and weight respectively during the period, the delicacy still tops Iran’s agro exports. A total of $63 million worth of pistachio was exported in H1 from Iran.

The share of food and processing industries’ exports in Iran’s total non-oil exports in terms of value during the period increased by 7% YOY. This is while the value of total non-oil exports witnessed a 3% YOY decrease during the period.

Dairy exports earned close to $500 million during the six months. According to Zargaran, government support in the form of subsidy has played a major role in boosting dairy exports.

“If the current trend of dairy exports continues and nothing comes on the way, a one-billion-dollar record by the yearend is likely,” he added.

According to the official, dairy exports earned $773 million in the last fiscal year to March 2017.

Among the exported products, yogurt topped the list with $218 million, followed by cheese with $187 million, infant formula with $129 million and cream and ice cream with $120 million.