Tehran, April 17, IRNA -- Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mahmoud Hojjati said here on Saturday that 207,000 tons of pistachios worth dlrs 803 million were exported last year.
Hojjati told a group of officials in charge of pistachio cultivation and trade that the export in the said year showed increases of 36.1 percent and 61.2 percent in terms of weight and value respectively compared to the figures for the preceding year.
He said that pistachios made up more than 14.5 percent of Iran's non-oil exports.
He added that Iran has a share of 60 to 65 percent in the area under pistachio cultivation worldwide and a 40 to 45 percent in global production.
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