Mashhad, the capital city of Iran's northeastern Khorasan Razavi province, accounts for 22 percent of the country's flowers and ornamental plants export, according to the board chairman of the province's Union of Flowers and Plants Producers.
Mehdi Samangani said that due to the availability of suitable infrastructure and access to the market, 65 percent of Khorasan Razavi's greenhouses are located in Mashhad.
Mashhad's neighborhood with Turkmenistan and Central Asian countries has created a good capacity for exporting flowers and plants in Mashhad, he said, adding, "However, Mashhad's capacity for production and export, considering the infrastructure that this city has in the field of flower and ornamental plant production, is much more than our 22 percent share of flower and plant export in the country."
As announced by the head of the Agriculture Department of Mashhad County, 280 greenhouse units operate in Mashhad City. These greenhouses have created direct employment for 1,400 people and indirect employment for 3,500 people.
According to Mohammad Miri Disfani, 66 hectares of greenhouses in Mashhad are related to ornamental flowers, in which all kinds of flowers and ornamental plants are produced.
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