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Dates: harvest preparations in full swing

July 20, 2020 10:46 AM, Der AUDITOR
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TEHRAN. In Busher, the main cultivation province for Iranian dates, preparations for the Kharak date harvest have started. Production capacity has been increased considerably.

Improved irrigation methods

In the Busher Province, date cultivation continues to gain in importance due to the creation of jobs and good income. Most of the people living in Busher earn their living from it. Currently, preparations are underway to harvest the Kharak dates, which mark the beginning of the date harvesting process. It is estimated that the crop volume in Busher province will be about 165,000 mt this year. By the end of September, all date varieties should have been harvested. Due to modified irrigation methods, market players expect the quality of the products to be very good this season.

More cold stores in Busher

The production capacity for dates and date products in Busher has increased from 88,000 to 100,000 metric tonnes, further increasing the province's relevance in the global date market. With the help of the palm growers, new opportunities for cold storage facilities have been created there, which now have a capacity of 53,000 metric tonnes. Market players expect this capacity to increase by another 10,000 metric tonnes.

Price reductions due to currency loss

In contrast to the previous weeks, the prices for Mazafati dates have fallen in the last two weeks. Above all, the devaluation of the Iranian rial against other currencies as well as weak domestic and export demand caused price reductions of between 3.5% and 4.1%. The fact that the new crop will be harvested soon reinforces this trend.

Mazafati dates, Iran

Quality

EUR/kg*

Grade A

0.93

Grade B

0.82

Premium quality

0.98

FOB Iran

*Please note that the prices indicated here apply to an order volume of 1 metric tonne. Prices may range lower for higher volumes.

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