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Cumin: 60% slump in production

September 14, 2021 9:11 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Recent estimates state that cumin production has slumped by 60% in Iran’s Razavi Khorasan Province due to severe drought and unusually cold weather coupled with an early spring. Rainfall ranges 63% lower than last year this season so far. Temperatures ranged 3.1-0.4C (37.58-32.72F) lower between October 2020 and April 2021 than in the same period in 2019/2020 according to official statistics.

Extensive crop losses

The early onset of spring in February also caused serious damage to production. Recent production estimates illustrate just how severe the damage is. Razavi Khorasan is the leading producer for cumin in Iran as the plant is cultivated on around 23,000 hectares. Although 7,000 hectares of green cumin were irrigated this year, only 2,000 hectares can be harvested. Rainfed green cumin is, in addition, usually also cultivated on around 13,000 hectares. Due to the drought, however, only 8,000 hectares were planted this year, of which as much as 60%

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