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Iran’s agricultural output at 57.5 mln mt in year to March: SCI

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Iran’s agricultural output reached 57.5 million tons last calendar year, government statistics show.

Iran’s agricultural output reached a total of 57.5 million metric tons (mt) from some 12 million hectares of farmlands over the calendar year to late March, according to figures by the Statistical Center of Iran (SCI).

SCI figures published on Monday showed that wheat, barley, alfalfa, rice and beans had accounted for 86% of the total output from Iranian arable lands over the past calendar year.

The SCI said in a report that wheat had been the dominant crop grown in the Iranian farms in the year to late March with some 10.4 million mt of output from around six million hectares of lands.

Barley output reached 3 million mt from 2.2 million hectares of lands last calendar year while rice production amounted to 1.8 million mt from nearly 0.5 million hectares of paddy fields, said the government statistics agency.

It added that Iran had a bumper harvest of sugarcane over the year to late March with some 7.8 million mt of output from 79,000 hectares of lands.

The SCI estimated that the total area of farmlands in Iran over the past calendar year was around 15.7 million hectares.

The data showed, however, that some 11.6 million hectares of those lands along with some 0.4 million hectares of fields scattered around green spaces were cultivated over the year to March as famers left some 4 million hectares of land fallow.

Some 4.8 million hectares of Iranian farming lands used irrigation methods over the past calendar year while dry-land farming was exercised in 6.8 million hectares across the country, the SCI figures showed.

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