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Cumin: tables about to turn

May 11, 2022 at 11:49 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Iran’s cumin exports continued to slump in March. Harvesting is underway but farmers face enormous challenges. Prices have finally started to turn.

Exports slump by 73%

Iran exported 266,500 kg of green and black cumin worth USD 547,000 in the first quarter as official customs statistics show. This is a sharp 73% decline on the 982,117 kg worth USD 1,958 million exported in the same period last year. Limited supplies coupled with higher prices are the main drivers. At USD 2.05/kg average export prices, however, only ranged 3% higher than last year’s USD 1.99/kg.

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