Iran’s agrifood exports up 2% y/y in April-May to $896 mln: MAJ

Iran has reported a slight increase in agrifood exports in the two months to May 21 despite continued restrictions imposed at borders because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the country’s Ministry of Agriculture Jihad (MAJ).

MAJ’s deputy for planning and economy Ahmad Ali Keykha said on Saturday that the value of agrifood exports from Iran in the first two months of the current calendar year had reached $896 million, up 2% against the similar period last year.

Exports had increased by 20% year in year in April-May in volume terms, Keykha said, adding that the weight of shipments sent from Iran over the period had amounted to 1.974 million metric tons.

Watermelon topped the list of major agrifood items exported from Iran in the two months to late May with $126 million worth of sales, followed by pistachio at $122 million and tomato at $102 million, said Keikha.

He added that apple and dates exports had also been profitable over the period as they were responsible for nearly $100 million worth of revenues derived from agrifood exports.

The official said, however, that imports of food and farming products into Iran in the two months to May 21 had declined by 18% in value terms to $2.202 billion.