The collapse of the Iranian rial against the US dollar has
led to a trend of Iranian farmers exporting most of their tomato crop to
foreign markets to seek greater profits.
While Iraqi markets are enjoying Iranian tomato sauce, prices of tomatoes have doubled in Iran due to lack of supply.
The Iranian populace has been outraged by the lack of sauce, which adds threats to the regime of more demonstrations denouncing the deteriorating living conditions of Iranian citizens.
While the Iranian government has sought to contain the tomato-shortage crisis by instituting export moratoriums, farmers were hit by the government's decision and started to smuggle their crops illegally for maximum profits.