Dried Fruit

Barberries: farmers lose out

February 17, 2022 10:40 AM, Der AUDITOR
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BIRJAND. While demand is on the rise for dried barberries, prices are simply too low for farmers to be able to make any profits from cultivating the fruits. Production costs, in fact, range higher than farmgate prices. Political factors are also having an impact on the market as Iran and the USA may return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the nuclear deal.

Demand on the rise

South Khorasan accounts for as much as 98% of Iran’s barberry production. Problem, however, is that the producers have little option but to sell the fruits fresh at lower rates since most have no storage facilities and production costs frequently exceed revenues. This is also the case this year as the government decided to buy barberries at lower prices from the farmers. For most farmers it is next to impossible to dry barberries for which they could demand higher prices since it is difficult to obtain licences. Instead, they tend to dry bar

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