Raisins are Iran’s third top non-oil export item after carpets and pistachios, the head of East Azarbaijan Agricultural Jihad Organization said.

Akbar Fathi added that East Azarbaijan Province exports 170,000 tons of raisins annually.

Iran produces between 150,000 and 170,000 tons of raisins per year, the Persian economic daily Donya-e-Eqtesad reported, adding that East Azarbaijan accounts for 70-80% of the output.

According to Younes Jaeleh, the head of Tabriz Chamber of Commerce, Iran produces 286,000 tons of grapes annually with East Azarbaijan Province having a 68,700-ton share.


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