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Iran Produced 47,000 Tons of Olive in 2012

Dec. 28, 2012
Vikas Vij

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Olive pro­duc­tion in Iran has gone up to 47,000 tons in the cur­rent Iranian year that began on March 20, 2012. According to Alireza Esmaeli, the head of Olive Development Project in Iran, the coun­try pro­duced about 28,000 tons of canned olives this year, while olive oil pro­duc­tion stood at 3,200 tons.

Iranian imports of olive prod­ucts stood at 3,941 tons for the period March 20 to September 21, 2012. This included 3,218 tons of olive oil and 723 tons of canned olives. Iran is work­ing towards expand­ing its olive plan­ta­tions with an aim to expand the export oppor­tu­nity in olive prod­ucts. The annual per capita con­sump­tion of olive in Iran cur­rently stands at 160 grams.

Iran is one of the sig­nif­i­cant olive pro­duc­ers in the world. Leading olive grow­ing regions in the coun­try include Fars, Kerman, Hormuzgan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Qazvin, Gilan, Golestan and Zanjan provinces. Arom and Gilvan gar­dens in Zanjan province have the high­est acreage under olive cul­ti­va­tion while the low­est is Roudbar in Gilan province.

Olive qual­ity in the south of Iran yields lesser oil in com­par­i­son to the pro­duc­tion in the north. Therefore, a large part of the pro­duc­tion in the south is used as canned olives, while olives from the north are used for olive oil pro­duc­tion. Olives weigh­ing above five grams are used for can­ning, while olives weigh­ing below three grams for oil extrac­tion. Olives between three to five grams are usable for either pur­pose.

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