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Iran: New greenhouse estates to be set up in Gilan province

Mokhtar Mehdizadeh, the director of the province’s Greenhouse Estates, said that the new greenhouse estates will be set up in Siahkal, Masal, Shaft, Rezvanshahr, and Anzali counties. He noted that different types of vegetables, ornamental flowers, apartment flowers and cut branches of flowers, medicinal plants, and uniquely shaped fruits would be cultivated in these estates.

He further announced that 14 investors have signed contracts in the mentioned counties, adding that the infrastructures are currently being set up to build the greenhouses.

The Iranian Agriculture Ministry’s Greenhouse Development Program is one of this ministry's priority projects, which aims to increase productivity, efficiency, and water consumption management in the agriculture sector. The program was approved in the Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20, 2017) under the framework of the National Resilient Economy Plan.

The development of the country’s agricultural parks and greenhouses is not only 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, had 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.” “We have planned to renovate about 650 to 700 hectares of traditional and worn-out greenhouses each year,” he added.

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