0155 GMT July 18, 2019
Hossein Zeinali, the manager of Medicinal Plants Project, added that 206,000 hectares are under medicinal plant cultivation in Iran, producing 675,000 tons annually, IRNA reported.
He expects exports to reach $700 million this year (March 2019-20).
Iran is home to about 8,500 species of medicinal herbs.
According to Zeinali, the area under cultivation of medicinal plants will increase to 280,000 hectares by the fiscal year 2021-22.