Shrimp exports to Arab states rise by 115 tons

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TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) – Secretary General of Iran's Fisheries Union Ali Akbar Khodaei reported on a rise in sales of farmed shrimp to Arab countries in the previous Iranian year (ended March 20).

As reported by IRIB, the official said “as compared to earlier years, shipment of farmed shrimp to Arab states increased significantly last year with Lebanon registering the highest demand for the Iranian product.”

“The greater portion of farmed Iranian shrimp has been deployed to Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman by investors of the private sector,” he continued.

He said Arab countries like Lebanon, Kuwait and Oman purchased a total of 937 tons of farmed shrimp from Iran last year to increase their share of the product by 115 tons as compared to the earlier year.

“Lebanon was the largest buyer of the Iranian fishery product by importing 501 tons of shrimp,” noted the official.

Khodaei went on to note that Kuwait ranked second among Arab buyers of Iranian shrimp by ordering 390 tons of the farmed shrimp.

Secretary General of Iran's Fisheries, while pointing to the high demand for the Iranian product in neighboring countries, stated that Oman had bought 96 kilograms of shrimp in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 20).

He further maintained that plans have been prepared to ship the Iranian fishery product to other foreign destinations in Europe and South East Asia.

“Iranian shrimp is also being exported to other target markets like members of the European Union, China, Hong Kong and Russia thanks to efforts of domestic investors active in the field of shrimp farming,” stressed the official.

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