30 Apr

Iran to join international olive treaty

President Ahmadinejad has presented a bill to parliament under which Iran will join an International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives.

The Ministry of Agriculture proposed the initiative to the cabinet which endorsed Iran’s accession to the international treaty under the auspices of the United Nations.

The Iranian parliament is yet to ratify the bill and it aims to preserve olive species and facilitate the export of olives and olive oil to international markets.

Olives are currently cultivated in 18 provinces across Iran and production reached 65,000 tons for the year ending in March 2006. Some 50 percent of olives produced annually is canned.

An olive cultivation expansion scheme has been underway for 15 years and has received favorable funds in recent years.

Some 6,000 hectares of orchards in Gilan and Zanjan have been set aside for olive cultivation.

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