Every year, farmers of Golidagh in Golestan province, north-eastern Iran, dedicate hundreds of hectares of land to sunflower cultivation.

The mountainous, high region of Golidagh in Maraveh Tappeh provides suitable conditions for the cultivation of sunflowers during spring and summer.

Sunflower seeds are used to extract edible oil, which is high quality for its high amount of linoleic unsaturated fatty acids. Its press cake is also used as a supplement in poultry and livestock diets due to its high protein content.

Sunflower is an annual plant of Asteraceae family that grows up to about three meters.
What follows are ISNA’s photos of sunflower fields in north-eastern Iran:

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