Drop-irrigation on the rise in Iran, hydroponic growing following slowly

Iran’s total greenhouse area stood at 9,856 hectares, 76% of which used drop irrigation, 19% had no irrigation system, 4% were rain-fed and 1% used a combination of drop irrigation and natural precipitation, according to the latest data released by the Statistical Center of Iran for the fiscal year 2021-22.

About 93.7% of the greenhouses were soil-based, 6.2% were hydroponic and the remaining 0.1% used other methods. The country had 22,477 greenhouses in the fiscal year 2021-22, 20,623 of which undertook cultivation. The provinces of Tehran, Kerman, Isfahan, Yazd, and Markazi accounted for 21%, 19%, 16%, 10%, and 5% of the total area respectively. 

The SCI report, recently published on their website, shows that more than 1.53 million tons of agricultural products (flowers and ornamental plants excluded) were harvested from greenhouses with the main yields being cucumbers (60% of the total production), tomatoes (19%), bell peppers (9%) and eggplants (4%). Other agro-products made up 8% of last year’s production. 

The Agriculture Ministry plans to transfer all vegetable farms to greenhouses to save 10 billion cubic meters of water per year.  A major hydroponic greenhouse complex was inaugurated in Aras Free Trade Zone last year, which is said to be the biggest in the Middle East region. 

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