Dried Fruit

Barberries: early harvest due to concern over frost

November 24, 2021 2:34 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. High demand meeting low stocks is pushing barberry prices in Iran up by more than 15%. Farmers have opted for an early start to the harvest as upcoming frost concerns them.

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

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