Farmers resort to pesticides
Farmers, in fact, cultivated green cumin on 3,500 ha in Golestan this year, mainly in Gonbad-e Kavus county. With average yields ranging at 300-500 kg/ha production climbed to 1,500 mt this year. Planting takes place in late January through to late March and harvesting in mid-June. Farmers have grown this crop as an alternative to wheat and barley on non-irrigated lands in the eastern parts of the province in recent years as a medicinal plant.
Drawback, however, is the spread of Moroccan locusts in recent years, which not only im