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Iran exports 67 tons of saffron since March

Mashhad, Khorasan prov, Oct 19, IRNA-Deputy head of Khorasan Province Export Organization said here Wednesday that over 67 tons of saffron has been exported from the province in the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 21).

Manouchehr Soltani told IRNA that the figure is 13 percent higher than the same period last year.

He said that the value of exported saffron stood at dlrs 31 million in the period.

Also, Iran exported 12.3 million dollars worth of saffron during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year of 1384 started March 21, 2005).

About 83 percent of the saffron was exported to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Spain, Saudi Arabia and Italy.

Based on the report, 2.25 million dollars worth of herbal medicines and industrial herbs were exported from the country during the said period.

Iranian herbal medicine was mainly exported to Italy, UAE, South Africa, Kuwait and Spain.

He added the majority of saffron is exported in large quantities to such countries including the UAE and Spain which after packaging is shipped to other parts of the world.

In reality the value-added of the packaging occurs to other nations and the Iranian producers have always been on the short side of the stick, Soltani stated.

He also added it is important for the exporters who are now dis- organized to form a cohesive block to better use the existing capabilities, including packaging capacities.

He added that a large part of the saffron is taken out of the country by passengers going abroad, "a policy which should also be reviewed."

Iran's total non-oil exports stood at dlrs 2.957 billion in the first five months of the current Iranian year (started March 21), Iran Customs Administration reported here Monday.

It added that the figure consisted of carry-on-luggage and border markets exports which stood at dlrs 14 million and 250 million respectively.

The report added that petrochemical and industrial sector with 72.1 percent ranked first in terms of share in the total non-oil exports followed by agricultural sector with 14.5 percent, carpets and handicrafts with 7.9 percent and mining sector with 5.4 percent.

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