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Dates: crop losses of up to 15% expected

August 31, 2021 11:00 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. After the hot and dry summer, Iranian market players expect that this year's production could be 10-15% lower than last year. If this record heat is repeated in the coming summers, date farmers expect a disaster.

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According to the National Association of Iranian Dates, crop losses are occurring due to the extremely hot summer in Iran, with temperatures of more than 50°C in some parts. Mazafati date plantations have been particularly affected by the heat and lack of water, with growers expecting crop losses of 10-15%. In addition to the drought, massive pest infestations have also caused problems for farmers. Overall, experts estimate Iran's total date production this year at 1.2 million mt, which would be about 80,000 mt b

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