A senior Iranian official said that the country exports over $500mln worth of medicinal herbs to the foreign states every year.
Hossein Zeinali, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture, said on Thursday that Iran exports about $570m of medicinal plants each year.
He added that Iran produces nearly 400mln tons of medicinal plants a year that provides jobs for about two million people.
Zeinali said that medicinal plants are being grown in about 206,000 hectares, adding that they mostly include saffron, caraway, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, Persian shallot, and roses.
He also said that more than $400 million dollars of the revenue comes from exports of saffron from Khorassan Razavi province in Northeastern Iran.
Zeinali added that Iran is the number one exporter of saffron, roses, asafetida, galbanum and caraway, adding that they are mainly exported to Afghanistan, Spain, Emirates, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and the United States.
In relevant remarks in September, a senior official at the Food and Drug Administration of Iran said that the country had exported hundreds of different types of medical equipment to over 50 world states in the first six months of the current Iranian year (started on March 21) despite the US tough sanctions.
“Fortunately, 30 of our production companies have managed to receive international quality certificates, including SE, and could export their goods to some European and South American countries,” Director-General of the Food and Drug Administration of Iran for Equipment and Necessities Affairs Seyed Hossein Safavi told FNA.
“We have managed to export 363 products to 55 countries in the first 6 months of the current year,” he added, saying that Iran had exported 261 types of different products to 45 states in the same period last year.