Importance of agriculture to the economy
Agriculture plays a significant role in the economy of Iran. From 1989 to 1994, agriculture accounted for an average of 27.8% of the GDP, and employed 26.1 % of the labour force in 1992. The principal cash crops are fresh and dried fruit. Agricultural produce accounted for 47% of non-oil exports in 1989. The main subsistence crops are wheat, barley, sugar beet and sugar cane. Mutton, lamb and poultry are also important for domestic food supply.
Sectoral Contributions to GDP and Employment. 1992