Monday, December 20, 2004

Iran's agro output reaches 64m tons

IranMania News: "Iran's agro output reaches 64m tons

Monday, December 20, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Dec 20 (IranMania) - Some 18 mln and 500 thousand hectares of the country's lands are arable, ILNA reported, adding that Iran's agricultural production stands at 64 mln tons per annum.

Quoting statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, the news agency added that agriculture sector contributes to 11.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP), 21.4% of non-oil exports and 20.8% of the employment in Iran.

The sector is also has a share of 4.2% in the country's total investments and is responsible for 9.7% of its imports.

Pastures make up some 54% of the lands in Iran. Farmlands are 11.3% and the rest is forests and desert areas.

Literacy rate among Iranian farmers stands at 47% while 12% of them are above 65 years of age.

Some 75% of precipitations fall at times plants do not require water."

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