Shiarkar told the Islamic Republic news agency on Wednesday that last year some 33 types of agro products, including kiwifruit, potato, raisins, cabbage, apple, leaf vegetable, grapes, watermelon, cherry, lemon, tea, dates and pistachios were exported to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, the Central Asian countries, and the Caucasus.
Astara is located in the north east of Gilan. It is on the top of the list of agro exporters located near the northern borders.
Roughly one-third of Iran's total surface area is suited for farmland. Only 12% of the total land area is under cultivation (arable land, orchards and vineyards) and less than one-third of the cultivated area is irrigated; the rest is devoted to dry farming.
Iran's food security index stands at around 96%.