Salarvand uses a wooden stick to poke a crocodile for tourists at his breeding farm.
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Crocodile farming isn't the most obvious business opportunity in Iran.Roostaei started the business with the idea of producing crocodile leather bags, shoes, purses and belts to sell to snappy dressers at home and abroad.She and husband Behrouz Salarvand also want to produce crocodile meat – for export only because it is forbidden for human consumption under Iran's Islamic laws.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has ordered the government to build an "economy of resistance" against Western-led sanctions over Iran's nuclear program by diversifying exports, reducing dependence on sales of raw materials and promoting knowledge-based high-tech industries."Our prime target now is to raise as many baby crocodiles as we can," Salarvand said. He said the couple had 50 crocodiles, including 10 newborns, and expected another 100 babies before year's end.
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