Watermelon Cultivation to Continue
Watermelon is not a water-intensive crop, contrary to common belief, and its domestic production will continue, says Hassan Khadangi, with the Ministry of Agriculture. His comments come as some experts have warned against the cultivation and export of water-intensive crops, including watermelons among them, given the acute water shortage in Iran. Khadangi says Iran produces 4 million tons of watermelon every year. According to the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, 564,000 tons of watermelons valued at $126.6 million were exported in the last Iranian year (March 2015-16), with the main export destinations being Pakistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Germany, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Kuwait, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, Iraq and Oman.