Annual caviar output in Iran anticipated to reach 3 tons

TEHRAN- The annual production of caviar in Iran is anticipated to reach three tons in the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2017), according to Hossein-Ali Abdolhai, deputy head of Iran Fisheries Organization.

The official said that the mentioned amount, if achieved, equals the figure planned for this year, IRIB news reported.

Abdolhai also said that Iran produced 2.2 tons of caviar in the past calendar year.

Iran has started caviar exports to some European countries after removal of sanctions against the country, he noted.

The Sixth Five-Year National Development Plan (2016-2021) has envisaged the annual output of 100 tons caviar, the official said, adding that this objective is achievable.

Iran’s exports of caviar rose to worth $1.7 million showing 183.3 percent increase in the past Iranian calendar year.

The country exported more than one tons of the product, i.e., 65 percent of the total produced amount domestically in the past year, to eight different countries namely Japan, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, South Korea, and Norway.

The exported volume registered 46 percent growth in weight year on year.

By Tehran Times