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Dates: concerns over slump in overseas demand

August 24, 2020 12:46 PM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Mazafati and Rabbi date harvesting is underway in the Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province. The new season is, however, viewed with concern as the coronavirus crisis has notably cut demand and several issues need to be resolved before the first overseas buyers arrive.

Issues need to be resolved before buyers arrive

Annual date production ranges at 16,000 mt in the province, of which 60% are allocated to Mazafati dates and 28% to Rabbi dates. Farmers have cut the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and have switched to organic and biological fertilizers instead over the last few years as the province’s Agricultural Organization is keen to develop superior dates that can be better marketed. These varieties include Piarom and Mejool dates.

Although Mazafati and Rabbi date harvesting started two weeks ago, the fa

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