“This year, 20 tonnes of grapes harvested in West Azarbaijan, worth $15 million, have been exported to Russia, Azerbaijan Republic, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Iraq,” head of the Agriculture Organization of the province, Esmaeil Karimzadeh, said.
According to a Farsi report by the Mehr News Agency, he said West Azarbaijan is the fifth largest producer of grapes across Iran, adding the province is ranked first in terms of the quality of its grape.
“Grape is the second major fruit of the province involving 30,000 workers directly and 30,000 other indirectly in harvesting and packaging.”
He went on saying this year 176,265 tonnes of grapes have been harvested in the province. “Out of the harvested grapes, over 20,000 tonnes are stored but the rest are sent to the domestic and foreign markets.”