The food industry is made up of a complex network of activities related to farming, production, supply, and a host of services and products. So, it's no surprise that this sector also plays a significant role in the economic development of any nation.
The modern food industry in Iran uses a wide variety of sophisticated technologies making production more efficient. It has also reduced menial human labor, freeing up hands for other, more complex tasks.
In case you didn't know, and many don't: Iran has indigenized a lot of technology and machinery needed in the food industry. Moreover, these machines play a crucial role in maintaining food quality and safety.
The basis of the food industry has always been agricultural production. Without the output of this sector, the food industry would not thrive as it does now. That's why Iran has a very robust agrarian industry. But, agriculture is not limited to farming alone; it also includes livestock rearing, dairy, beekeeping, aquaculture, and so much more.
Plus, exports from this strategic industry have also generated millions in foreign revenues, contributing to the national economy.
According to official figures, this year, 51 thousand tonnes of red meat were produced up to the month of May alone. However, not all livestock are raised for their meat. They are also used for dairy production.
Looking at statistics from Iran's Customs Administration, roughly $800 million of raw milk is exported annually. Data from the Customs Administration shows that some 7 million tonnes of agricultural and food products were exported last year. This amount was worth nearly $5 billion and reveals an 8% growth in export values compared to 2020.