According to an IRIB report, neighboring countries -Russia in particular- were the major export destinations of the Iranian vegetables during the recent ten-month period. Iran is said to have exported 2.9 million tons of vegetables in the past Iranian calendar year.
Some 65-70 percent of the country’s seed requirement is domestically met and put the annual need for seed at about 4,000-4,500 tons.
Last week, French seed maker Vilmorin said it was continuing some exports to Iran with the backing of a French bank. It will also participate in efforts to implement a European scheme to avoid U.S. sanctions targeting trade with Tehran. Vilmorin, one of the world’s largest suppliers of seeds for grain and vegetable crops, has cited the U.S. sanctions against Iran as among the short-term risks to its activities in emerging markets.
Food and agricultural goods are not directly targeted by U.S. sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program.