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Iran's dairy exports to hit $1 billion

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Staff Writer | October 19, 2017
Iran is one of the top milk producers and has ambitious plans to grab a bigger share of the global milk and dairy market.
Iran's dairy exports
Food trade   Deputy Agriculture Minister Hassan Rokni:
In an interview with Financial Tribune, Deputy Agriculture Minister Hassan Rokni estimated that Iran’s dairy exports will hit a record high of $1 billion by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2018).

Rokni noted that Iran exports 20 types of processed dairy products to 30 countries.

Europe, Central Asia, Persian Gulf region, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Russia are among its export destinations.

“Iran exported 850,000 tons of dairy products in the last fiscal year (March 2016-17). Exports of milk and related dairy products are projected to reach 1 million tons this year,” he said.

Rokni said latest statistics show Iran exported 500,000 tons of dairy products during the five months to Aug. 22.

According to Kaveh Zargaran, chairman of Agriculture Commission of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Iran’s dairy exports earned close to $500 million during the six months to Sept. 22, IRNA reported.

Rokni said figures on milk powder exports during the five months to August 22 show the country had a monthly export average of 100,000 tons.