Iran ranks 1st in fruit production in the Middle East and North Africa. 2.7 million hectares of orchards are being harvested in Iran with an annual production this year of 16.5 million tonnes.
According to official FAO statistics, the per capita production of fruit in the world is 80 kilograms while in Iran it is 200 kg. Iran has been ranked between 8th and 10th in global fruit production in different years.
Meanwhile, the country has achieved the 7th rank in the world in the production of oranges, particularly thanks to the northern seaside lands of the Caspian Sea which provide finest conditions for citrus production.
Here are photos of orange harvest season in Rahimabad in the northern province of Gilan retrieved from Mizan News Agency: