EghtesadOnline: A total of 81,400 tons of red meat were produced in Iran’s officially registered slaughterhouses during the third quarter of the current fiscal year (Sept. 23-Dec. 21, 2019), registering a 3% decline compared with the corresponding period of the year before, but a 5.7% increase over the preceding quarter (June 22-Sept. 22, 2019), the Statistical Center of Iran reported.
Beef accounted for the lion’s share of the output with 43,200 tons, accounting for 53.1% of Q3 red meat production, followed by lamb with 29,400 tons (36.1%), goat meat with 6,600 tons (8.1%) and meat from other livestock with 2,300 tons (2.7%), according to Financial Tribune.
The top 10 red meat producing provinces in Iran are Khorasan Razavi, Fars, East Azarbaijan, Mazandaran, West Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Khuzestan, Tehran, Ardabil and Hamedan.
Imports are made from the Commonwealth of Independent States as well as Brazil and Australia.
According to Karamali Qandali, the head of Nomadic Affairs Organization, Iranian nomads supply 25% of the country's demand for red meat.