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Livestock, poultry exports earn $1.2bn for Iran

Staff Writer |
More than $1.2 billion worth of livestock and poultry products were exported over the 11 months to February 18, registering a $554.7 million trade surplus in the sector, a deputy agriculture minister said.

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“We had $136 in trade deficit when President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013,” Hassan Rokni was also quoted as saying by IRNA.

Around 62,600 tons of chicken worth $77.3 million, 750,000 tons of milk ($683 million) and 800,000 tons of eggs ($53.5 million) were exported during the 11-month period.

According to Rokni, during the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2017), 815,000 tons of meat, more than 9.5 million tons of milk, over 2 million tons of chicken, 940,000 tons of eggs and 81,500 tons of honey were produced in Iran.

The Government Trading Corporation of Iran has given the green light for importing 550,000 tons of sugar to stabilize the market.

GTC deputy head, Hassan Abbasi, said that Iranians consume between 2.2 and 2.4 million tons of sugar a year and last year’s (March 2016-17) sugar production stood at 1.64 million tons, therefore imports of 550,000 tons of sugar will not hurt domestic production, GTC's website reported.

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