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Dates: first estimates on damage

July 30, 2021 9:27 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. Iran’s date market is confronted with a water crisis. Not only has the country been hard hit by drought and extreme heat this year the situation is also compounded by inefficient irrigation systems and unauthorised wells. Estimates state that there are around 400,000 non-licenced wells in the country, over which there is no control. The Iranian Date Association has also issued first estimates on the damage caused by adverse weather conditions for this year’s crop.

Export prices are too low

Things are anything but encouraging in Iran at present. Traders are calling on the government to introduce more effective controls on unlicensed wells and to switch to more advanced irrigation systems. They also reckon that palm groves will have to be restricted to ensure water security. Manufactures have little incentive at present to produce and collect dates as production costs are high and export prices low. Domestic market prices are 5% up on last year, which is mainly attributed to inflation. At least there is little cause for concern

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