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Blue poppy seeds: Turkey starts the new season with high prices

June 30, 2021 10:37 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ANKARA/CHRUDIM. In Turkey, the poppy seed crop is available earlier than in other growing countries; the Czech crop is expected to be available only from September. However, there are reports from Turkey that the prevailing drought might have significantly reduced the yield of this year's crop.

Drought significantly reduces yield

According to Turkish media reports, this year's poppy seed crop has suffered heavy losses due to the drought, with yields in parts of the country reported to be only 250-300 mt/ha. Cultivation in the province of Denizli was particularly affected. Many farmers had no possibility to irrigate the fields additionally and the rain, which fell shortly before the beginning of harvest, had virtually no effect on the crop. Normally, the average yield per hectare in Turkey is 1,000 mt and depending on the region, between 500 and 2,000

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