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Cumin: locust attacks generate drawback

August 30, 2022 at 11:13 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Favourable rain in winter prompted the area under green cumin cultivation to rise 3.5-fold in Iran’s Golestan province. Problem, however, is that Moroccan locusts are spreading rapidly in the region.

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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

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