TEHRAN, April 25 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran holds 55 percent of world's pistachio production, said the National Conference on Pistachio Processing and Packaging Secretary Nasser Sedaqat in Mashhad, the capital of northeastern Khorassan Province, on Wednesday.
Accounting for 59 percent of global pistachio exports, Iran stood first, he said, adding that pistachio ranked second to carpet in non-oil exports.
Totally 10 percent of country's non-oil exports belongs to pistachio, Sedaqat said.
Exporting 150 thousand tons of pistachio in last Iranian year (ended on March 20) earned Iran over $800 million, he added.
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