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Dates: failure to draw on full potential

May 20, 2022 10:45 AM, Der AUDITOR
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SHIRAZ. Iran’s date palm groves span an area of 240,000 ha and the country ranks third after Algeria and Saudi Arabia in this respect. Growers produce more than 280,000 mt of dates in Fars Province alone. In terms of table date production the country, however, lags well behind leading producer Saudi Arabia.

High production vs low capacities

Issue is not only that dates are highly versatile but also that the industry fails to draw on its full potential, especially in Fars Province. Although farmers cultivate more than 80 types of dates here, Shahani dates account for 70% of production and are mainly processed and converted into liquid and palm sugar, palm honey and juice as well as alcohol and vinegar. Advantage is that these products generate significant added value for second to third class dates and even for waste. As much as 30% of the dates produced in Fars are als

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