Despite sanctions, Iran says agricultural exports booming

By REUTERS
January 6, 2013 10:59

DUBAI - Iran's agricultural exports grew last year, with pistachio and saffron sales almost doubling, despite Western sanctions on trade with the country, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Iran's deputy agriculture minister as saying on Saturday.

Between March 21 and Dec. 20, Iran's pistachio exports doubled to $587 million, making the nuts Iran's biggest agricultural export by value. Exports of saffron rose 87 percent to $213 million, Fars reported.

"Export of farming products has increased 15 percent compared to the previous year, while the agricultural exports are still on the increase on a daily basis," Far quoted Jahangir Pourhemmat as saying.


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