The volume of nuts exported from Iran has considerably increased in the current year as compared with the previous year, official statistics showed. At the opening ceremony of the Exhibition on Nuts, Dried Fruits & Related Industries, Iran’s Deputy Industry Minister Khosrow taj announced that Iran exported a total of $2 billion worth of nuts each year. “The Iranian product is shipped to 50 countries worldwide, like Germany, America, France, England, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Persian Gulf countries, including Qatar, United Arabic Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Asian countries of China, South Korea, Japan, Australia in addition to Russia” he said. Also at the ceremony, Director of Business Development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Shajari, said the country annually produces about 200 thousand tons of pistachios, 150 thousand tons of walnuts, 1.2 million tons of dates, 35 thousand tons of figs and 50 thousand tons of almond. He emphasized that the fourth edition of the exposition was being held aiming to develop and increase production of dried fruit, find new export markets, boost exports, introduce the most modern industries and conversion, processing and packaging industries, as well as promoting employment.