0735 GMT April 23, 2021
Rouhollah Latifi told IRNA on Wednesday that Iranian flowers and ornamental plants were sent to more than 23 different countries in the mentioned period.
Latifi said that Iraq was the main buyer of Iranian flowers and plants in the said period, buying more than 1,543 tons of the commodities, worth $2.389 million.
The official noted that Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Armenia were also among the top destinations for Iranian flowers and plants, with 15 tons, five tons, and 226 tons of imports, respectively.
All kinds of ornamental trees, shrubs, plants, cut flowers, dried flowers, and roses were among the country’s exports in this sector, according to the official.
More than 28 tons of shrubs, flowers, and plants, worth over $121,000, were also imported from Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands in the said period.
He further stated that Iran is the 17th-largest producer of flowers and plants in the world, adding: “Three billion flowers and plants are produced annually, of which only 200 million are exported.”
Iran exported nearly $40 million worth of cut flowers and ornamental plants during the previous Iranian year (ending March 19).
As reported, Iraq, Russia, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan were the top export destinations for the mentioned products last year.
The production of cut flowers and ornamental plants increased by 22-25 percent in the above-mentioned year.
Currently, over 7,800 hectares of land, including greenhouses and farms, are under cultivation for flowers and ornamental plants, according to the deputy agriculture minister.
“About four billion flowers, potted plants and ornamental plants are grown in the country every year,” Gholamreza Taqavi said.
According to the official, over 150,000 people work directly and indirectly in this field, and significant investments have been made by the private sector.