EghtesadOnline: The production of apple in Iran is estimated to reach 4.12 million tons during the current Iranian year (March 2020-21), marking a 3% increase compared with the previous year, according to an official with the Agriculture Ministry.
“We also have stored close to 1.3 million tons of apples in warehouses, with West and East Azarbaijan provinces accounting for 750,000 and 320,000 tons of the total sum respectively,” Darab Hassani was also quoted as saying by IRNA.
The official noted that currently 251,000 hectares of apple orchards in the country, close to 230,000 hectares of which bear fruit.
Hassani added that West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Fars, Tehran, Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi and Ardabil are Iran’s main apple producing provinces.
More than 750,000 tons of apples were exported from Iran in the last Iranian year (March 2019-20), more than 504,000 tons (67.2%) of which were produced in West Azarbaijan Province.
According to Rasoul Jalili, the head of West Azarbaijan Agricultural Organization, 1.1 million tons of apples are expected to be produced in West Azarbaijan Province in the current Iranian year, 300,000 tons of which will be used in the food industry.