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Iran’s herbal exports earn $91m

Iran’s herbal exports earn $91m

TEHRAN: About $91 million worth of medicinal herbs, including cumin, coriander and coriander seeds, henna and damask rose, were exported in the last Iranian year (March 2015-16).

At present 140,000 hectares are under the cultivation of medicinal herbs in Iran. The Agriculture Ministry plans to increase the figure to 500,000 hectares within 10 years, IRNA reported. According to Fariborz Gheibi of Forests, Range and Watershed Organization, every year locals harvest some 20 million tons of medicinal herbs from rangelands.