Iran produced close to 1.2 million tons of dates in the last Iranian year that ended on March 20, 2017 that close to 20% of overall production, worth around $300 million, were exported to Europe, North America, the Far East and Russia, registering a 2% increase compared to the previous year.
According to the official, Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the world’s biggest producers of date with 1.4 million tons, 1.2 million tons and 1.1 million tons per year respectively.
Yet, Iran is the biggest exporter of the crop,” adding that Egypt ranks second with Saudi Arabia and Tunisia sharing the third spot. Tunisia ranks seventh in production but is the third biggest exporter of dates.
the government has a five-year plan to increase the share of exports from local production to 30%. For this, we have started working on India and China as our new markets and already gained big success,
Stating that 15% of the dates produced in Iran are used in the processing industry . Per capita date consumption in Iran is 3 kilograms. In each hectare, 1 direct and 0.5 indirect jobs are created and date cultivation [in Iran] has created about 350,000 jobs, Sistan-Baluchestan, Hormozgan, Kerman, Fars, Bushehr, Khuzestan, Ilam, Kermanshah, Yazd, South Khorasan and Isfahan top the list of Iranian provinces that cultivate dates.