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Iran fisheries output stable year-on-year in late March: Official


An Iranian official says the fisheries output of the country was stable year-on-year in late March despite a growing number of issues faced by exporters as a result of US sanctions on the country.

Head of Iran’s Fisheries Organization Nabiollah Khunmirzaei said on Sunday that total aquaculture output of the country over the year ending March 19 was more than 1.28 million metric tons.

The figure shows a slight increase compared to the previous calendar year when Iran’s total output had reached 1.26 million tons, according to government statistics.

Khunmirzaei said output figures over the past calendar year exceeded a target a of 1.25 million tons defined by the government. That, he said, was a major success given the pressures felt by exporters over the American sanctions and the difficult economic situation in the country.

He said Iranian aquaculture products have become increasingly popular in the international markets mainly because of their high quality.

The official said Iran plans a major expansion of the fisheries sector in the current calendar years to reach a target of nearly 1.6 million tons of output and increased revenue of 270 trillion rials (nearly $1.6 billion) from the exports.

Khunmirzaei said the government estimates that some 24,000 new jobs could be created across the aquaculture sector in Iran over the next 10 months.

Iran has become a major seafood producer in the region with trout, caviar and shrimp currently being the main export items of the fisheries sector.

Agriculture authorities said recently that rising aquaculture output and consumption in the country has helped cut down on imports of major food items like red meat by as much as 150,000 tons per year.


Source: Press TV


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