0941 GMT March 21, 2019
Olive oil production has increased more than 30 percent since March 2018 compared to the amount for the year earlier, said Executive of Olive Project at the Ministry of Agriculture Rahmatollah Parichehr on Tuesday, reported Fars News Agency.
Production of olive oil is among the important policies and programs of the Ministry of Agriculture in line with providing high-quality oil, he said, adding, "Following considerable growth in olive oil production, import of this product has decreased 2,000 tons at most."
He added that 45 percent of olive stones is turned into vegetable oil while the rest into conserve oil.
He put the per capita consumption of olive oil in Iran at about 180 grams while in European countries the figure stands at 11 kilograms.
Production growth of high quality oil is the most important objective of the development project in olive orchards, Parichehr said.
Two weeks ago, Advisor to Iranian Agriculture Minister Eskandar Zand announced that the amount of date production experienced 18-percent growth in the world and 21 percent increase in Iran over the past 10 years.
Zand said that the area under date cultivation had increased by five percent in Iran and by 10 percent in the world.
Meanwhile, Deputy Head of National Association of Iranian Date Ebrahim Pour-Heidari said that 350,000 tons of date worth $300 million had been exported since March 2018.
He predicted the exports to reach 400,000 tons in the year to March 2019.
He added that 30 percent of Iran's date were exported to Europe, Eastern Asia, Russia, India and Canada.