Little space for drying
Iran is the largest barberry producer in the world and about 90% of the fruit is harvested in the province of South Khorasan. This year, market players expect a crop of just over 22,000 mt of seedless barberries. Farmers have decided to start harvesting early because they are worried about upcoming frosts. However, there is often a lack of sufficient space for drying, which is one of the main problems for the growers. A large amount of the fruit is sun-dried, so few drying machines are used.
Farmers do not sell fresh