0905 GMT May 06, 2021
Figures by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) showed that exports of farming products had topped $6.1 billion at the end of the past Iranian year, up from $5.7 billion recorded for the year to March 2020, Press TV reported.
Agro-food exports increased by 24.9 percent in terms of weight over the period, showed the figures according to ISNA.
It also said the weight of farming products shipments registered for exports at IRICA reached a total of more than 8.8 million tons.
Main export items included pistachio, tomato paste, biscuits and confections while main destinations were China, Iraq, Russia and Afghanistan.
Rising exports of agro-food from Iran have come despite months of closures imposed at borders last year when governments in the Middle East and around the world were struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Iran has sought to encourage more exports of goods and services in recent years to offset losses suffered in its crude revenues because of US sanctions.
The Iranian agriculture sector has recorded significant growth figures since the US sanctions were imposed three years ago.
That comes as agricultural output rose to over 130 million tons last farming year, up 32 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Iranian farmers have specifically benefitted from growing exports of agro-food from the country as they keep earning more on certain crops for which demand in neighboring countries has significantly increased in recent years.