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Cumin: crises take centre stage

January 17, 2023 at 10:46 AM , Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Iran’s cooperation with Russia and the regime’s crackdown on protesters are having a direct impact on the country’s cumin industry. Prices have directly responded to the multiple crises the country has witnessed in recent months. Exports have, however, taken a more complex turn.

Surprising turn in exports

Iran’s cumin exports have, in fact, been surprisingly firm considering the recent crises. According to official customs statistics Iran exported 1,426,068 kg of cumin worth USD 2.835 million in January-November 2022. This is only marginally down on the 1,442,387 kg worth USD 2.873 million registered in the same period in 2021. While demand was rather subdued in the first six months of the year due to limited market inventories, the arrival of the new crop sparked enormous interest as the cumin produced in 2022 was of good quality and

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