0934 GMT May 06, 2021
Mahmoud Bazari, the director general of the Exports Coordination Department of the TPO, said on Wednesday compared to corresponding figures of preceding year, they indicate a 42 percent rise in terms of value and a 54 percent increase in terms of weight, IRNA reported.
China, the UAE, India, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Afghanistan are among main export destinations of Iranian dried fruits, he said.
Iran exported 339,000 tons of dates worth $297 million during the period, Bazari said.
A sum of 204,000 tons of pistachio nuts as the most important export item fetched $1.37 billion revenues last Iranian year, showing 43 percent and 88 percent increases in terms of value and weight, respectively, the TPO official said.
Iran is the world's biggest exporter of pistachio — a position it has maintained, despite stiff rivalry from the US, thanks to the premium quality of its crop.
Pistachio cultivation has a long tradition in Iran where for centuries, farmers relied on a web of underground canals known as 'qanats' that carried water from under mountains to the arid plains.
Rampant use of electric pumps and uncontrolled drawing of water from deep wells has left water tables severely depleted and saline as 'qanats' — one of the world's most sophisticated irrigation systems — have been phased out.
The Iranian plateau is believed to be the homeland to a number of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants such as Persian walnuts, pomegranates, peaches, spinach and tulips.