Thursday, June 17, 2004

Iran's Pistachio Revenues Rise By 49.5 Percent

Mehr News Agency English: "Iran's Pistachio Revenues Rise By 49.5 Percent

TEHRAN June 16 (MNA) -- Iran's revenue from pistachio exports rose by 49.5 percent in the first two months of the current Iranian year (beginning March 20, 2004) compared to the same period last year.
Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mohammad-Ali Tahmasebi told IRNA that revenues from Iranian pistachio exports stood at 92 million dollars in the first two months of Iranian year 1383.

Tahmasebi said pistachio export volume rose by 19 percent, standing at 21,347 tons in the study period.

Ruling out reports that Iran's pistachio exports had been blocked by the European Union, he explained the EU had only called on Iran to take measures to lower the percentage of Aflatoxin in its pistachio consignments.

An Iranian delegation recently traveled to Europe to hold talks on the quality of Iranian pistachio exports."


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