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Iranian pistachios top in last year's list of non-oil exports

Tehran, April 21, IRNA -- Iranian pistachios topped the country's list of non-oil exports in the last Iranian year sidelining its old rival, the Iranian carpet.

An Iranian economic professor abroad recently said in Paris that the value of Iranian pistachios exported in the last Iranian year (ended March 19, 2004) registered an increase of 71 percent at US dlrs 803 million, 260 million dollars more than the value of the country's carpet exports in the said period.

Noting that Iranian pistachios outpaced its old rival, the Iranian carpet, in the said period, the professor explained that it was due in part to the landmark decline in the Iranian carpet export industry which was about 10 percent.

He added that with the country's annual production of some 220,000 tons, Iranian pistachios command some 60 percent of the world's market.

... Payvand News - 4/21/04 ... --

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