Many countries including India, Russia, Uzbekistan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, have prohibited import of Iranian fruits and vegetables owing to mold or excessive pesticide residues, according to trade associations in Iran.
According to the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) India and other countries no longer accept some certificates issued by Iran’s agricultural organizations and have demanded that their own standards be met.
In 2020, Iran had exported $ 6.5 billion in agricultural products. It is among the top ten producers of over two dozen fruits and vegetables, including saffron, apples, citrus fruit, watermelons and other melons, pomegranates, dates, pistachios, and walnuts.
In November, due to excessive pesticide levels, Uzbekistan had rejected several thousand tonnes of Iranian and Pakistani potatoes.
Soon after, Russia banned imports of some Iranian agricultural products, including a large shipment of peppers that was rejected because certificates on pesticide-residue levels were lacking.
Recently, India has refused to grant import permits for Iranian kiwi because it did not meet safety standards which will impact the country’s trade, according to the Iranian trade associations.
In 2018, Iran ranked seventh in global kiwi production, with the primary producing area exporting over 60,000 tonnes for $95 million. The trade associations have also asked their Ministry of Agriculture to take prompt steps to boost standards, otherwise, Iran would lose agricultural markets.