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Cumin: opportunity versus reality

May 4, 2023 at 12:39 PM , Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN/BRUSSELS. Cumin holds great potential for Iran, where water resources are limited. Trouble, however, is that farmers are confronted with too many challenges. Shipments to the EU declined sharply in 2022 as buyers were evidently put off by high prices.

Farmers left in the lurch

As water resources are lacking irrigation farming is impossible in some parts of Iran and cumin is a welcome alternative because the plant can be cultivated in fields that receive limited amounts of rain. According to the Ministry of Agriculture annual production ranges at 400,000 mt and cumin was grown on 260,000 ha last year, acreage is expected to rise to 500,000 ha in the next three years. Only 60,000 ha currently, however, comprise rainfed fields due to crop rotation. Green cumin is particularly suitable for cultivation and highly cost

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