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Barberries: trouble gaining international foothold

November 1, 2023 at 11:07 AM , Der AUDITOR
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BIRJAND. Iran’s South Khorasan Province accounts for around 90% of global barberry production with exports amounting to 500 mt in 2022. Harvesting is in full swing, but hygiene is a problem.

Hygiene is the issue

As many as 38,000 households engage in harvesting barberries from the start of October till the end of November. Yet, the industry is struggling with international recognition as many facilities fail to meet international standards. Main challenges are the reduction of the microbial load, the introduction of new packaging methods and the implementation of proper processing techniques.

Trouble is the lack of hygienic post-harvest drying and cleaning facilities, which contributes to elevated microbial loads. Although South Khorasan boasts

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