Development of greenhouses high on Iran's agenda

The Iranian Agriculture Ministry is focusing on a greenhouse Development Program, aiming to increase productivity, efficiency, and water consumption management in the agriculture sector.

The development of the country’s agricultural parks and greenhouses not only is going to create new job opportunities but also increase the country’s non-oil exports and helps preserve the environment and the national water and soil resources.

Last August, Darioush Salempour, the director of the Agriculture Ministry’s Greenhouse Development Program, mentioned the ministry’s plans for the modernization and renovation of the country’s traditional and old greenhouses, saying: “Our plan in the 10-year horizon is to improve and renovate more than 5,000 traditional, wooden and worn-out greenhouses across the country.”

Due to the growing need of the market for flowers and ornamental plants, as well as off-season vegetables and summer crops, greenhouse cultivation has become one of the most profitable agricultural sectors today. If all goes, well, 3200 hectares of greenhouses will be established this year, and another 686 hectares will be renovated. 

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