25 Feb

Iran’s Kerman planning olive festival

The Fifth National Olive Festival will be held in Kerman on May 9-10 with an aim to encourage olive cultivation in desert areas and remove problems facing olive growers.

Deputy head of Kerman Agriculture Jihad Department, Hossein Mirzabeigi, told IRNA, “Olive originated from Iran. Considering that the plant is adaptable to dry conditions, we need to make more investments to expand olive plantations.”

He put the area under cultivation of live in Kerman province at 2,800 hectares, which yielded 200 tons of olive in the current crop year.

He further estimated the provincial olive production at 150 tons last year, naming Sirjan, Zarand, Bam, Baft and Rafsanjan as the provincial cities where olive is planted.

The Kerman province ranks 14th in Iran in terms of olive production.

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