News ID: 109864
Published: 0713 GMT January 20, 2015

Iran 11th biggest olive producer in world

Iran 11th biggest olive producer in world

Iran ranks 11th in olive production among 43 countries, the executive director of International Olive Council said.


Speaking in a session of Olive Policymaking Council on Tuesday, Jean-Louis Barjol added that of the 11 million hectares under olive cultivation worldwide, 80 percent are managed in a traditional manner. 

Younes Sinaki, deputy agricultural jihad minister for commercial affairs, said the International Olive Council plans to help increase olive production in the country, finance half of the budget needed for holding educational workshops in Iran and dispatching locals overseas for training.

“The council’s 2014 budget envisions funds for holding educational workshops in Zanjan, Gilan and Golestan provinces by February 13,” he said.

Sinaki welcomed the council’s reports for focusing on educational issues related to olive cultivation, production and commercialization.

Iran is working to expand olive cultivation with the aim of boosting export. Per capita olive consumption in Iran stands at 160 grams annually.

Major olive growing regions in Iran 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.

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